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Echinocereus morricalii
(Syn: Echinocereus
viereckii ssp. morricalii)

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E. morricalii

it is a very fine sight in bloom, having few equals within the genus Echinocereus.
 

Description: Clustering specie branching profusely from the base with almost spineless stems.
Stems: Up to 50 cm long, 7.5 cm in diameter, soft , cylindrical tapering toward the tips erect to sprawling Yellowish-green to bright green that will hold purple colour with enough bright light, During the winter rest they become wrinkled and flabby from lack of water and shrink up about 1/3 their size as they consume their stored water. With regular water they plump up quickly.
Ribs: 6-7 even non-tubrculate.
Spines: Almost spineless, the spine if present are very short, yellowish up to 2mm long.
Flowers: Magnificent magenta from the sides of the stems, short-funnellform, very large up to 10 cm in diameter or more. The flowers on all subspecies are Bright magenta.
Blooming seson: Blossoms in May.
Fruit: Globose, green, fleshy.

Recognized subspecies, varieties and forms:

The "viereckii" subspecies has spines that are rarely longer than 2,5 cm and 6 to 9 tuberculate ribs.
The "huastecensis" subspecies has spines that are up to about 10 cm long and 8 to 13 ribs.
The "morricalii" subspecies is spineless or nearly spineless and has 6 or 7 non-tubercled ribs.


 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Echinocereus morricalii Riha 1975
TL: Mexico, Nuevo Leon, Barranca de las Garrapatassouth of
Monterrey, D. B. Morrical (PRC 322).

Nowadays regarded as:  Echinocereus viereckii ssp. morricalii (Rha) N.P.Taylor 1997

Origin:   Mexico (Nuevo Leon, Monterrey)

Etymology: Named after Dale Morrical (1908-1994), US-American electronic technician and cactus amateur.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Echinocereus var. morricalii (Riha) Taylor 1985
  • Echinocereus blanckii var. inermis Heyer 1989 pro syn.
  • Echinocereus mutitangularis var. limensis = Haageocereus sp.
  • Echinocereus multiangularis var. maletianus = ?
  • Echinocereus multiangularis var. pallidior = ?
  • Echinocereus multiangularis = Haageocereus sp.
 

 


 

Cultivation:  This cactus is widely cultivated for its flowers, it is among the easiest species to grow, flower and propagate. Indicated for full sun exposure.  Water regularly from March to October. Rot prone in winter, it needs good drainage,  It should be kept in a cool place during winter rest (it can briefly tolerate temp. as low as -7C).  Without this cool winter period these plants normally won't get many buds. Clustering, great for a hanging display. Stems may possibly become purple and limp in winter, but revitalize in early spring.

Propagation: Seeds or cutting.

 

 

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