Saturday, March 19, 2016

Echinocereus triglochidiatus (Mojave Mound Cactus, Claret Cup Cactus)

 5/24/03 Black Canyon Road between Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall, Mojave National Preserve
(East Mojave), San Bernardino County, CA

5/24/03 Black Canyon Road


COMMON NAME: Mojave Mound Cactus, Claret Cup Cactus

SPECIESEchinocereus triglochidiatus

FAMILY: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)


LOCATION: Black Canyon Road between Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall, Mojave National Preserve (East Mojave), San Bernardino County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Plant generally forming dense mounds

Stems 1–500, 5–40 cm, 5–15 cm diam, ± spheric to cylindric, light- to bluish green; ribs 5–12; tubercles ± obvious; areole wool persistent; spines highly variable, ± angled, generally gray, those < 1 year old puberulent near tip; central spines 1–6, difficult to distinguish from radial spines

Flower < 9 cm, funnel-shaped; perianth orange to red, inner parts round or evenly notched

Fruit 20–25 mm, 10–15 mm diam, pink to red; spines deciduous

Ecology: Many habitats

Elevation: 150–3000 m.  

Bioregional distribution: White and Inyo Mountains, Desert 

Distribution outside California: to Rocky Mtns, Texas, Mexico

Flowering time: Apr–Jun

Synonyms: E. mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) Rumplier  

Highly variable; sometimes divided into vars., but not satisfactorily. More study needed

Horticultural information: DRN, DRY: 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

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