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  Echinocereus enneacanthus 
var. enneacanthus
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Echinocereus enneacanthus (form with very long stout spines) SB700 Cuchillo, Coah. MX
The plants of this species are densely covered with long spines that give them a straw-like appearance.
 

Description: Plants caespitose forming dense or lax clumps either loose decumbent, or erect with 20-100(-500) branches, usually branching before flowering. ,
Stems: 5-14 cm diameter up to over 100 cm long, The stems of this species are soft bright green and often remain wrinkled.
Ribs: 7-12 prominent warty.
Areoles: 18-52 mm apart.
Radial spines: Curved needle-like brownish, bulbous at the base 5-9 per areole, 25-45 mm;
Central spines: long and divergent 1-5 per areole, 55-95 mm.
Flowers; Purple-red to pink in varying shades, and diurnal. Blooming in spring.
Fruit: Round pale yellow-green or dull reddish, 20-30 mm, pulp white or pale pink. The fruit (especially enneacanthus var. stramineus) are edible. After the spines are removed from the green-brown flesh of the fruit, it can be eaten and tastes similar to, hence the name straswsberry cactus.

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Echinocereus enneacanthus:

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:   Echinocereus enneacanthus Engelmann
Published in: F. A. Wislizenus, Mem. Tour N. Mexico. 111. 1848

Origin: New Mexico, Texas and Northeastern Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Coahuila)

Habitat:   Chihuahuan desert scrub, flats, rarely rocky slopes; 600-1800 m;

Common Names include: Strawberry hedgehog cactus, Straw-Colored Hedgehog, Pitaya, Alicoche

Synonyms:

  • Echinocereus merkeri
  • Echinocereus sarissophorus
  • Echinocereus uspenskii
  • Cereus merkeri
  • Echinocereus enneacanthus var. dubius
  • Echinocereus dubius
  • Cereus dubius

 

 



Cultivation:
Rot easily it is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs a very good drainage to avoid rotting, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun. Very cold resistant It can withstand freezing temperatures but not too much water (resistant to approx -12C or less for short periods of time)

Propagation:
Cuttings that are  left out to callus off before planting ; Also can be grown from seeds.



 

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