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Hidden Valley, Page Springs

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Echinocereus fasciculatus - strawberry hedgehog

Synonyms: Echinocereus abbeae, Echinocereus rectispinus, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Mammillaria fasciculata
Other Common Names: pinkflower hedgehog cactus
Plant Form: Cacti

Family: Cactaceae

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Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Page Springs
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Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Plant Description

Origin: Native   Similar Species: E. fendler, E. engelmannii
General Desc: Has 5 to 20 mostly erect stems in loose clumps. Spines not dense enough to obscure the stem.
Identification notes: Each spine cluster has 1 - 4 central spines pointing outward and upward. E. fendleri has fewer and shorter central spines. E. engelmannii central spines point upward.
Height: 4 to 16 inches     Width:


Habitat Description: Sonoran Desert, flats to steep canyon sides, desert scrub, semi-desert grasslands, interior chaparral.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands
Elevation: 2000 - 3300 feet


Color: Pinkish-purple     Flowering Period: May - Jun
Description: Has large flowers with petals and sepals from 2-1/3 inches to 3-1/3 inches in diameter with a darker mid-stripe, Tips are relatively thin and delicate. Green stigmas and yellow anthers.


Stem Color: Green     Number of Stems: Multiple     Stem Shape: Cylindrical     Stems Segmented: N     Stem Surface: Ribbed
Stem Description: Mostly erect, diameter of 1-3/4 to 3 inches, 10 to 15 ribs with wavy forms.

Areoles (structures unique to cacti, found on the stems, areas from which spines, flowers and fruits emerge)

Areole Description: 8 to 16 spines per areole (1 to 3 central and 7 to 15 radial spines). Areoles are 3/8 inch to 5/8 inch apart.
Spine Color: Yellowish, reddish-brown, or gray to black, or white to black becoming gray     Spines Hooked: N    
Spine Description: Spines are usually straight. Has conspicuous principal central spine 1 to 3 inches long. Radial spines are 1/2 inch to almost 3/4 inch long.


Fruit Color: Green to reddish   
Fruit Notes: About 1-3/16 inches long and 5/8 inch to 1 inch in diameter.

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