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  Echinocereus pulchellus var. amoenus CACTUSPEDIA       

 


E. pulchellus var. Amoenus are small growing cacti with flat globular bodies and short pale spines. They are very popular in collections as they remain relatively compact and bear many spectacular big pink/purple/red flowers.
 

Description: Solitary or slowly clumping 
Stems:
Flat globular up to 6 cm (but cultivated plants are frequently higher), 5-7cm in diameter, bluish green when young;
Ribs: 9 to 13;
Areoles: 5 to7 mm inch apart; 3 to 7 pale yellowish spines.
Roots: It has a strong taproot.
Flowers: Abundant pink or purple/red (rarely white) flowers, up to 6 cm in diameter.
Remarks:
Many of the plants usually known in cultivation as "Echinocereus amoenus" are instead a form of Echinocereus weinbergii.
 


Photo and © copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)
 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties of Echinocereus pulchellus.

Form & Cultivars:

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Echinocereus pulchellus var. amoenus (Dietrich) Förster ex Schumann 1897

Origin:  Mexico (northern Oaxaca, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, and Queretaro)

Ecology: It is a geophyte cactus with a swollen underground  storage taproot, in the wild tends to disappear completely in the ground in time of drought.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Echinocereus amoenus (Dietrich) Weber ex Haage 1892
  • Echinopsis amoena Dietrich 1844
  • Cereus amoenus (Dietrich) Hemsley 1880
  • Echinopsis pulchella var. flore kermesina Haage ex Förster 1846 pro syn.
  • Echinopsis pulchella var. amoena (Dietrich) Förster 1846
  • Echinocereus pulchellus var. amoenus (Dietrich) Förster ex Schumann 1897
  • Echinocereus pulchellus ssp. amoenus (Dietrich) Blum 1997 Seed
    list. nom. nud.
  • Echinopsis pulchella var. rosea Labouret 1853 pro syn.
  • Echinocereus amoenus var. aguirre Zehnter & Künzler Catalog nom. nud.
  • Echinocereus aguirrei
 


Cultivation: It has a strong tap root and should have a deep pot to accommodate it. Needs porous well drained soil, water carefully, too much water will make it rot. Keep dry at minimum temperature of 5° C in winter although will tolerate brief periods to -10 degrees. Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade.

Propagation:
It grow easily from seed or cutting (if available)

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