Echinocereus reichenbachii

Synonyms:

  • Cereus reichenbachianus
  • Echinocactus reichenbachii
  • Echinocereus caespitus var. reichenbachii
  • Echinocereus caespitus var. castaneus
  • Echinocereus caespitus var. major
  • Echinocereus pailianus
  • Echinocereus pectinatus var. reichenbachii
  • Echinocereus reichenbachianus
  • Echinocereus rotatus
  • Echinocereus texensis
  • Echinopsis pectinata var. reichenbachiana

Habitat:

-It is widespread in widespread both in Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas) and United States (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Description:

-Echinocereus reichenbachii is a branching cactus: stem is erect, branched, forming clusters. It is globose in young plants, it becomes cylindrical when mature; it’s usually dark green and ribbed (10-19). Elliptic areoles are wooly at first but bare in mature plants. Radial spines (20-36) are rigid, straight and held closely against the ribs and are organized in two series; they are multi-colored. The plant can have 0 to 7 central spines, but usually the central spine is absent. In May till June the plant blooms: flowers are beautiful, large (up to 12 cm long), abundat, pink or red.

Cultivation:

-It needs full sun and more water than other desert cacti. Don’t overwater as the plant is rot sensitive. It needs a very good drainage. It is very cold resistant (from -10° to -25° C) for short period of time.

Propagation:

-Propagate by seeds or cuttings, using the branches that grow from the base.

Curiosity:

-In spanish, this plant is commonly called Órgano-pequeño de Colores.

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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