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  Echinocereus pulchellus forma cristata CACTUSPEDIA       

 


E. pulchellus is small growing cacti with flat bodies and short pale spines.
 

Description: E. pulchellus is a popular solitary or slowly clumping cactus, the standard form of it  with  flat globular, bluish green stems up to 6 cm, 5-7cm in diameter is very common in cultivation, while the crested form here described is very rare and sometime visible only in specialized collections.
Ribs: Rounded;
Areoles: 5 to7 mm inch apart
Spines:  To 7 pale yellowish spines.
Root: It has a strong taproot.
Flowers: Abundant pink or purple/red (rarely white) flowers, up to 6 cm in diameter.
 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties of Echinocereus pulchellus.

  • E. pulchellus ssp. pulchellus has stems that are 2,5-5 cm thick with 9 to 12 ribs and 3 to 7 inconspicuous spines per areole. The flowers are pink or white.
  • E. pulchellus ssp. acanthosetus has stems that are 2 to 4cm thick with 9 ribs usually and 5 to 8 flailing hairlike spines. The flowers are magenta to white.
  • E. pulchellus ssp. sharpii  has darker colored stems in comparison to the other subspecies that are 2 to 6cm thick with 11 to 17 ribs and 7 to 14 spines per areole. The flowers are magenta to white.
  • E. pulchellus ssp. weinbergii has stems that are 5 to 15 cm thick with 14 or 15 ribs and 8 to 11 spines per areole. The pink diurnal flower petals are narrowly acute in shape.
  • E. pulchellus ssp. amoenus has 15 cm stems, 10 to 14 ribs & on the young areoles it has 6 to 8 short spines with the lower spine being the longest. The older areoles are devoid of spines. The flowers are magenta.

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:
Grafting (it may also be propagated from cuttings)



 

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