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  Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis
(Syn: Stenocactus multicostataus)
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Plant catalogued as "zacatecasensis" have (usually) characteristic long , white, red or black papery spines and thin wavy ribs. The blooms are very pale pink or white with a purplish midvien.
 

Description: Stems: Solitary, globose, pale green with a flat tops  8-15cm wide and up to 7-20 cm tall.
Ribs: Typically with more than 50, wavy, tight and very thin.
Areoles  Covered with white felt in young plants.
Radial spines: 10 to 12 up to 10 mm long radiating usually cream-white.
Central spines: The upper ones are longer whit a central stout and flat erected spine 4 to 7cm long variable in colour from white to red or black, never small, while the lower and lateral ones are shorter (usually brownish) and point downwards. The spines are different lengths.
Flowers: 3-4 centimetres broad,  white or pinkish with a violet to purple mid-vein.
Blooming season: Early spring.  
 


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 (-6 to -4°C) depending on the form.
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.

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):

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis Britton et Rose
In: Cactaceae 3: 113. 1922

Nowadays regarded as: Echinofossulocactus multicostatus Hildmann ex K. Schumann Britton et Rose 1922

Taxonomy: Tribe Cacteae, Subtribe Echinocactinae

Origin: Mexico (north Zacatecas).

Synonyms:

  • Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus zacatecasensis (Britton et Rose) A. Berger 1929
  • Stenocactus multicostatus var. zacatecasensis
  • Echinofossulocactus multicostatus f. zacatecasensis
    P.V.Heath comb.
  • Echinofossulocactus multicostatus var. zacatecasensis
  • Efossus zacatecasensis
  • Brittonrosea zacatecasensis
  • Echinocactus zacatecasensis
  • Echinofossulocactus multicostatus (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus multicostatus (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) A. Berger 1929, (Mexico)
  • Echinocactus multicostatus Hildmann ex K. Schumann 1898
  • Echinofossulocactus lloydii Britton et Rose 1922
  • Stenocactus lloydii (Britton et Rose) A. Berger 1929
  • Echinofossulocactus erectocentrus Backeberg 1961 n.v.p Meyrán 1977
 




 

 

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