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  Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Echinocereus reichenbachii "albispinus"
An extremely beautiful species valued for its white neat comb-like short friendly (not pokey) spination.
 

Description: E. reichenbachii var. albispinus is intermediates between E. baileyi and E. reichenbachii subsp. caespitosus. It is a solitary or slowly branching cylindrical shaped cactus with up to 12 branches. It is one of the smaller Echinocereus species.
Stem: Erect, cylindrical or short cylindrical, 7 to 40 cm tall, 2,5 to 10 cm in diameter
Ribs: 10-19 straight or slightly undulate.
Areoles:1-6(-10) mm apart.
Radial spines: 20 to 36 , straight to slightly curved, held closely against the the ribs of the stems, organized in 2 series, pectinately arranged or nearly so, 5 to 8 mm long, pure white eventually whit darker tip.
Central spines: Usually absent)
Flowers: Beautiful, abundant, scented, intense pink flowers, 5 to 7 cm long (5-7 cm). Flower tube 22-40 10-30 mm; flower tube hairs 5-15 mm; inner tepals silvery pink to magenta, usually white, crimson, green, or multicoloured proximally, 23-40 5-15 mm, tips relatively thin, delicate; anthers yellow; nectar chamber 2-5 mm.
Blooming season: Early May to Late June.
Fruits: Ovoid green, olive green, or dark green, fruit up to 28 mm long; fruiting 1.5-2.5 months after flowering.
Seeds: Black.
 

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Photo and copyright by Andrea B. (Bologna, Italy)

Photo and copyright by Andrea B. (Bologna, Italy)
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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  E. reichenbachii var. albispinus (Lahman) L. D. Benson

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: White lace hedgehog cactus or simply White lace cactus.


 

 



 

 

Cultivation: It is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs a very good drainage to avoid rotting,  but requires more moisture than true desert cacti to grow and produce flowers, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun. It is very cold resistant  from -10 to -25 C (depending on clones) or less for short periods of time. It is a fine plant for a rock garden or container, contrasts well with agaves, yuccas, and low-growing flowering plants.

Propagation:
Seeds, also can be grown from cutting as it slowly branches  from the base.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars taxa of plants belonging to the Echinocereus reichenbachii complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):

 

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