E. dasyacanthus SB120 (Los Pinos Mts, Socorro co, NM )
Grey-pink to grey-brown spines partially or
entirely hiding the stem surfaces
Seeds are relatively difficult to
germinate (only a limited percentage of seeds
germinate). Grafting is often used to speed growth rate and to
create a back-up for plants in collection.
Echinomastus intertextus (Engelm.) Britton & Rose
Chisos Mountains of Texas (USA) and in extreme northern Chihuahua
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Habitat: grows in isolated population in the
desert grasslands and upper edge of Chihuahuan desert scrub, grassy
hills, sometimes with oaks and junipers, igneous substrates (rarely
This fascinating cactus is
rarely seen in cultivation, it needs perfect drainage to flourish.
It is thought to be quite difficult to grow on its own roots.
Itís thought thatís better to watch this species in photo or in
rather than to try to cultivate it.
For this reasons the plant is often
grafted on a
full sun and
a very good
ventilation, especially in
Keep totally dry during winter.
It can tolerate temperature below zero (-15į C or less). Mature
individuals - if the growing conditions are not optimal,
easily rot and die.