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  Echinofossulocactus multicostatus
(Syn: Stenocactus multicostatum)
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E. multicostatus SB1147 Los Imagines, Coahuila, Mexico

It is very  characteristic with multiple, very tight, thin and wavy ribs.
 

Description:  E. multicostatum  is one of the most variable Echinofossulocactus differing in spination, body shape  and number of ribs.
Stem: Solitary, globose, vivid green with a flat tops  8-15cm wide and up to 7-12 cm tall, typically with 50 to 100 (150) multiple, very tight, thin, wavy ribs.
Areoles: There are only 2 or 3 areoles in each rib, witch are covered with white felt in young plants
Spines: 6 to 9(-12) radial spines, the upper ones are longer whit a central stout and flat erected spine, while the lower ones are shorter and point downwards. The spines are different lengths.
Flowers: The blooms are white with a violet to purple midvien in early spring.  
 

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Typically it has a variable number of ribs (typically about  50 to 100 ribs),
but plant whit up to 150 (or more) ribs has been reported.


Cultivation:
  Small growing and easy to to care and flower. Because of it’s small size makes a great potted plant specimen, great for beginning collectors. It needs regular cacti soil with good drainage. Propagation: Seeds (usually) or by the shoots of adult plants (if available). Exposure: need some direct sun but is tolerant and prefers light shade during the hot Summer months, allow to dry between watering. Watering should be curtailed during the winter months. Frost Tolerance -5°C if kept dry.
Propagation: By seeds, remembering that  seedlings dislike strong light and dry conditions  and need to be repotted frequently. Eventually, as they become mature, they attain a maximum size of 8-10 cm (20) cm. However, old plants become senile and have a tendency to succumb to disease and a weak root system. At this stage, as is well known, they die suddenly. So, after they reach 10 cm in diameter grow them slowly, and adopt a new repotting period, using intervals of every 2 - 3 years. Additionally grow them under drier conditions or with stronger sunlight.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Echinofossulocactus multicostatus  (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) Britton et Rose 1922

Taxonomy: Tribe Cacteae, Subtribe Echinocactinae

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango).

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Echinofossulocactus multicostatus (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus multicostatus (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) A. Berger 1929,
  • Echinocactus multicostatus Hildmann ex K. Schumann 1898
  • Echinofossulocactus lloydii Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus lloydii (Britton et Rose) A. Berger 1929
  • Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus zacatecasensis (Britton et Rose) A. Berger 1929
  • Echinofossulocactus erectocentrus Backeberg 1961 n.v.p Meyrán 1977
 



E.
multicostatus
(Coll. Snicer)
 The plant of this species found in cultivation are quite variable,  and the dissimilarity among seedlings spination and ribs shape may be considerable.
 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinofossulocatus multicostatus complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms (like most Echinofossulocactus) whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):

 

Photo gallery: Alphabetical listing of Cactus and Succulent pictures published in this site.

Photo gallery echinofossulocactus

 



 

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