E. pulchellus is small growing cacti with flat bodies and short pale
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
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
Form & Cultivars:
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.
- Echinocereus amoenus (Dietrich)
Weber ex Haage 1892
Echinopsis amoena Dietrich 1844
- Cereus amoenus (Dietrich) Hemsley
- 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
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
Propagation: Grafting (it may also be propagated from cuttings)