Echinocereus Engelm.

Hedgehog Cactus

Stephen Forbes

Greek echinos—hedgehog, cereus—prickly plant.

Erect, prostrate or pendulous, solitary or clustered cacti. Sterile and flowering areoles with similar spines. Flowers solitary, typically large, funnel-shaped pinkish, purplish or reddish, occasionally yellow, tube and ovary spiny, stigma lobes green; spring and summer. Fruit indehiscent or splitting on one side, thin-skinned, commonly pulpy; seeds black, warty.

Offsets and flowers bursting through the body surface; green stamens; pericarpel and tube spiny.

45 species native to Mexico and SW USA.

Taylor (1985).

Source: Forbes, S. (1997). Echinocereus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Cactaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Echinocereus adustus Engelm.
species         Echinocereus delaetii Gürke
species         Echinocereus enneacanthus Engelm.
species         Echinocereus knippelianus Liebner
species         Echinocereus papillosus Linke
species         Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lem.
species         Echinocereus poselgeri Lem.
species         Echinocereus subinermis Scheer
species         Echinocereus triglochidiatus Engelm.
species         Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm.