Pine Cone Cactus (Pelecyphora strobiliformis)

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Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 10, 2019 8:48 PM

Drab-looking globose cactus with triangular tubercles folded up against the body of the plant. From the Chihuahuan Desert or Tamaulipan scrub regions. Shaped a bit like an artichoke. Each tubercle is tipped with 7-14 weak, whiskery spines in a loosely pectinate arrangement. Areoles are dimorphic, with spines on the tips of the tubercles and fuzz and flowers coming from the axils beneath them. Flowers are magenta and appear apically. Chunky tap root. Slow growing in cultivation.

There are two species of Pelecyphora. Both are geophytes from the Chihuahuan Desert. This species (strobiliformis) grows in 3 states of northeastern Mexico. It is the only one of the two found east of the Sierra Madre Oriental (as well as the Chihuahuan Desert on the other side). The pectinate arrangement of the spines is not immediately obvious on mature plants of this species.

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