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  Echinocereus stramineus
(Syn: Echinocereus enneacanthus var. stramineus)
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Echinocereus stramineus (form with very dense white spines ) SB1038 San Pedro, Coah. MX
The plants of this species are densely covered with many thin spines that give them a straw-like appearance. They vary from shortly - and frankly spined to long - and dense spined and from brightly white until dark colours of spination.
 

Description: Clumping cactus, forming large, compact colonies with 100 or more stems(occasionally up to 500 heads) These larger clumps are rounded, often 60-90cm across and nearly as high.
Stem: Each head 10-30 cm long, 3-10 cm in diameter.
Ribs: 10 to 13 sinuous with fairly deep furrows between them.;
Areoles: 8 to 25 mm apart;
Spines: 1 to 4 central spines, up to 9 cm long; 7-14 radials, up to 3 cm long. They vary from shortly - and frankly spined to long - and dense spined and from brightly white/ yellowish until dark red and black colours of spination.
Flowers: Abundant large bright pink to purple-red flowers in late spring, up to 12.5 cm diameter, 8-12 cm long, They are dark red (or rarely gold & green) at the base, fading to rose at the tips. The inner petals are toothed. The 10–15 outer petals have pink edges
Fruits: dark red edible and delicious (tastes similar to strawberries just like Echinocereus engelmannii & E. cinerascens do) , 5 cm in diameter.



Cultivation:
Rot easily it is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs a very good drainage to avoid rotting, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun. Very cold resistant  above approx -12C or less for short periods of time.

Propagation:
Cutting as it produces abundant suckers; Also can be grown from seeds.

 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Echinocereus stramineus Engelmann) F. Seitz,
Published in: Cat. Cact. Cult. 11. 1870.

Notes:  Usually cited as Echinocereus stramineus Engelmann ex Rümpler 1885

Origin:  USA (southwest Texas, New Mexico), Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon). TL: Texas, Mtns near El Paso, Wright, 1851 (MO).
 

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Name

  • Strawberry hedgehog cactus

  • Straw-Colored Hedgehog

Synonyms:  

  • Cereus stramineus Engelmann 1856
  • Echinocereus enneacanthus  var. stramineus (Engelm.) L. Benson1969
  • Echinocereus stramineus var. conglomeratus (Blanc) Bravo 1974
  • Cereus conglomeratus
  • Echinocereus conglomeratus.
  • Echinocereus stramineus fa. conglomeratus Parker 1996 nom. nud.
  • Echinocereus stramineus var. major Haage 1897 nom. nud
  • Echinocereus stramineus var. major Schelle 1907 nom. nud.
  • Echinocereus stramineus var. major-aureispina  Fric 1924:121 nom. nud.
 


Recognized subspecies, varieties and forms:

  • E. stramineus subsp. stramineus is the most abundant in the southwestern US.

  • E. stramineus subsp. occidentalis is only in the wild in Durango Mexico, and blooms a month later than the 'stramineus' subspecies.



 

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