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As a comment about Mojave Mound Cactus (Echinocereus pacificus), Baja_Costero wrote:

Variable mounding hedgehog cactus with 10-13 ribs, often many (dozens up to 400) stems, and orange or red flowers. Formerly a variety or subspecies of E. polyacanthus. From San Carlos Canyon in NW Baja California, rare in habitat. Not to be confused with the related E. mombergerianus, formerly a subspecies or variety of E. pacificus and E. polyacanthus, found just to its south and distinguished by being trioecious (separate male, female, and bisexual individuals).
Tucson, Arizona (Zone 8b)
Apr 11, 2019 8:41 PM CST
Here, are a picture of the cactus crown showing ~11 ribs (2012) and a closeup of the flower.

Thanks for your comment and correct anything you can.


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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 11, 2019 8:53 PM CST
Those flowers are really impressive, Guy. I have never seen this plant (in cultivation or in the wild) so my comment is based on book learning. At least I now know exactly where to find it in habitat, only an hour or so south of here. Maybe one day...

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