Echinofossulocactus phyllacanthus


  • Brittonrosea phyllacanta
  • Echinocactus phyllacantus
  • Efossus phyllacantus
  • Stenocactus phyllacantus


-It is native of Mexico (in the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas).


-Echinofossulocactus phyllacanthus is a cactus characterized by its grass-like central spines and the wavy ribs. Stem is usually solitary, globose with a depressed apex or short and cylidrical, usually dark green. Ribs may vary from 25-30 to 35-60 and are very thin. Each rib has onli 1 or 2 areoles. Its few radial spines and its little, yellow flowers are what distinguish this species from the other Echinofossulocactus.


-E. phillacanthus is an easy plant to grow. Water adequately during spring and summer when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Do not overwater during winter (dorming season), the plant is rot sensitive. It needs very good air circulation and good drainage. Put in a sunny spot. Dormant plants do well with cooler temperatures (5-10°C) that encourage the formation of flower buds.


-Propagate by seeds.


-In its natural habitat, the grass-like spines make this plant almost invisible in high grass.

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