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  Echinofossulocactus multicostatus forma cristata
(Syn: Stenocactus multicostatus "cristatus")
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E. multicostatus is very  characteristic with  very tight, thin and wavy ribs.
 

Description: The standard Echinofossulocactus multicostatus is a vivid green rounded cactus with many curved, tight, thin and wavy ribs. The beautiful crested form is very rare in collection and highly priced. Even though there are some different clones  this plant remain quite rare and  looked for by collectors.
Areoles: There are only 2 or 3 areoles in each rib, witch are covered with white felt in young plants.
Spines: 6 to 9 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 midvein in early spring.  


Cultivation: 
 It is a fairly easy plant to grow both grafted or in its own roots. During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant. Furnish good drainage and use a an open and free draining mineral compost that allows therefore roots to breath. They like only a short winter's rest and should be kept almost completely dry during the winter months, If the soil is allowed to be dry for too long root loss could follow but equally the same result would occur if the plants are both wet and cold. From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full growth.
Water regularly during the summer so long as the plant pot is allowed to drain and not sit in a tray of water. During hot weather you may need to water the plants more frequently so long as the plant is actively growing. From late September watering should be reduced to force the plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy, by October you should be back in to the winter watering regime.
Need full sun avoiding only the harshest summer sun, if kept too dark they may become overly lush and greener and could be prone to rotting due to over watering.
Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which can be fatal during the darker cold months.

Propagation: By vegetative propagation grafting or stem cuttings from adult plants.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

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

Origin
Garden origin ( produced cultivar)

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
 



A different clone

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):

 



 

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