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  Echinocereus pectinatus
ssp. pectinatus
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E. pectinatus
As potted plant it is enormously popular for its easy culture and free flowering.
 

Description: It commonly remains single, but old plants sometime branch and form several heads.
Stems: Cylindrical stems 10-20 cm tall 3-6 cm in diameter almost hidden by the short interlocking spines.
Ribs: (12-)20-23 obtuse, usually straight.
Areoles: Approximate, but not touching one another, about 3 mm long, oval, young areoles with short white hair.
Central spines: Not present or 1 to 6 and very short, more or less porrect.
Radial spines: 16 to 30 white or pinkish 5-10 mm long, spreading widely, pectinate, and intertwining with those of the other areoles often in coloured bands.
Flowers: Funnel-shaped, diurnal, intense pink (but also magenta, lavender...Or...Yellow to near-whitish) with a white-greenish base, 6-8 cm long , petals quite long and pointed, areoles very spiny with white hairs on the floral tube. Stamen usually cream coloured.
Fruits: Spiny, greenish-purple, becoming naked, 2-3 cm in diameter. Gooseberry-like rich in sugar and said to be very delicious.
 


 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Echinocereus pectinatus (Scheidweiler) Engelmann 1848

Origin:  Southwestern US, northern Mexico

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Echinocactus pectinatus Scheidweiler 1838 TL: Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Villa del Peņasco, Galeotti (?)
  • Echinopsis pectinata (Scheidweiler) Fennel 1843
  • Cereus pectinatus (Scheidweiler) Engelmann 1849
  • Echinocereus pectinatus var. saltilloenis
  • Echinocactus pectiniferus Lemaire 1839is usually considered a synonym of this species.
    Note: Echinocereus cernosus Fric 1929:24 nom. nud. is listed by Backeberg as a synonym of this species.

Common Names comprises: Comb Hedgehog, Texas rainbow cactus, Lace cactus

Etymology: Latin for comblike, for the spines
 

 



This is a particularly fine-flowering species due to the satiny sheen of the petals, which make them glow in sun light.

Cultivation: In culture E. pectinatus is without problems and regularly shows its beautiful flowers if we provide an adequate winter rest period. It is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs good drainage, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun; Very cold resistant hardy to -10° C or less for short periods of time.

Propagation: Seeds or cutting (if available)

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Echinpsis pectinatus: (This taxon has lots of synonyms (like most Echinocereusi ) whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):



 

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