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Echinocereus brandegeei

 

Strawberry Hedgehog

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusEchinocereusRibbed, small to medium-sized cacti
SpeciesbrandegeeiFor Townsend Stith Brandegee (1843-1925), a pioneer western botanist who collected throughout California, Baja and western Nevada

About plant names...

Strawberry cactus is native to the the low elevation hills of the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

This cactus occurs in clumps up to 6½' (2 m) wide, generally low in height, but up to 3' (1 m). Spines are up to 5" (13 cm) in length, varying from black to white. Stems have 8-10 ribs. Lavender or pink flowers are brighter and dark red near the center, up to 3" (7.6 cm) around, and funnel-shaped. Fruits are red, and round, about 1" (3 cm) in diameter.

Online References:

Echinocereus brandegeei at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

Echinocereus brandegeei on Desert-tropicals.com

Echinocereus brandegeei on northants.bcss.org.uk

Echinocereus brandegeei on CactiGuide.com

Echinocereus brandegeei at Nelocactus

Echinocereus brandegeei on the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment

Echinocereus brandegeei on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

References:

Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 232

Echinocereus brandegeei description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Echinocereus brandegeei (Strawberry Hedgehog)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 22 × 16" (56 × 41 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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