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Mojave Mound Cactus
Scientific Name: Echinocereus polyacanthus Engelm. in Wisl.
Synonym: Echinocereus leanus, Echinocereus santaritensis, Echinocereus multicostatus, Echinocereus matthesianus, Echinocereus leeanus, Cereus leanus, Echinocereus acifer var. durangensis, Echinocereus durangensis, Echinopsis valida var. densa, Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. polyacanthus, Echinocereus polyacanthus var. densus
Family: Cactaceae
Mojave Mound Cactus (Echinocereus  polyacanthus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Arizona, New Mexico), large areas in northwestern Mexico

Growth Habits: Solitary or clumping, forming large clumps, generally less than 50, but occasionally of several hundreds light green stems, each stem up to 12 inches tall (30 cm), 3 inches in diameter (7 cm), 9 to 13 ribs; areoles 0.4 to 0.6 inch apart (1-1.5 cm); 1 to 7 yellowish brown central spines, becoming grey as they age, reaching up to 2 inches long (5 cm); 6 to 17 white or reddish radials, up to 0.8 inch long (2 cm) but often much shorter.

Watering Needs: Little water, needs porous well drained soil.


Blooming Habits:
Red or orange flowers with light colored center, 1.2 to 2.8 inches in diameter (3-7 cm), ovary and tube with yellowish spines and hairs.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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