Far from the barren wasteland that many imagine a desert, the Sonoran, considered the wettest desert worldwide, hosts a plethora of different lifeforms.  A large number of these lifeforms are plants, and what plants are better-adapted to desert life than succulents?  This desert is home to approximately 300 different cactus species, ranging in size from the tiny hedgehogs (which may max out at a few inches tall) to the iconic saguaro, which can exceed 50 feet. The flowers produced by these different species can be found in all manner of colors, shapes, and arrangements.  While hiking through the desert on a warm April day, there are few sights quite as captivating as a tiny cactus covered in disproportionately enormous flowers!  Behold, a handful of exquisite examples!