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Creeping Devil Cactus, Chirinole
Scientific Name: Stenocereus eruca (Brandegee) A.C.Gibson & K.E.Horak
Synonym: Cereus eruca, Machaerocereus eruca, Lemaireocereus eruca, Rathbunia eruca
Family: Cactaceae
Creeping Devil Cactus, Chirinole (Stenocereus  eruca)
Stenocereus eruca at the DBG (1968 9394 0102)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: takes little frost

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Baja California Sur: Magdalena plain)

Growth Habits: Prostrate stems, stems up to 10 feet long (3 m), 1.6 to 3.2 in. in diameter (4-8 cm); 12 ribs; large areoles, 0.8 inch apart (2 cm); 1 central spine, 1.2 inch long (3 cm), and around 20 light gray radials

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Easy by cuttings

This cactus's stems lie on the ground and grow at one end while the other end slowly dies. Over the years, the plant will travel slowly that way. The name 'eruca' means 'caterpillar', referring to its growth habit. Its growth habit inspired also the 'creeping devil' common name.

Blooming Habits:
Yellow flowers, 5 inches long (12 cm), with spiny ovary. The spiny fruit is 5 inches long (12 cm) with black seeds.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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