Echinocereus triglochidiatus

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Habitat:

-It is widespread in Mexico and United States (Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).

Description:

-Echinocereus triglochidiatus is the most wide-spread Echinocereus and one of the most variable: its red flowers is the ony characteristic that the plants belonging to these species have in common. It is generally a mounding plant that consists in erect, spherical stems (3-70 cm tall) with 5-8 or 8-12 ribs, undulate in some plants. It presents several areoles, from 10 to 40 mm apart. Spines are absent or 3-11per areole, with central spines that are very similar to the radial spines; spines are yellow at first, becoming pink or black later. Flowers are funnel shaped, 5-10 long; inner tepals are red to dark red, while anthers are usually pink and purple.

Cultivation:

-E. triglochidiatus is a very easy plant to grow! Water in spring and summer, keep it dry in winter and provide good drainage to avoid rot. Spring flower production is maximized by dry and cool winter and strong sunlight all year long. Usually very cold resistant (some varieties resist temperatures down to -25°!)

Propagation:

-Propagate by seeds or cuttings.

Curiosity:

-Native Americans bake its stems (after burning the spines) with some sugar to make sweet cakes.

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