The taxonomy of this genus is complicated due to fuzzy taxonomic boundaries, polytypic taxa, and differing interpretations by specialists. Most North American botanists recognize about 50 species, while the Echinocereus specialists in Germany recognize more than 70 species[
]. We are following the treatment of David Hunt, 2016 in CITES Cactaceae Checklist, Third Edition, ISBN 978-0-9933113-2-1.
Echinocereus tulensis Bravo
Cereus acinaciformis Steud.
Cereus aciniformis Pfeiff.
Cereus cinerascens DC.
Cereus cirrhifer Labour.
Cereus deppei Pfeiff.
Cereus deppei Otto ex J.Forbes
Cereus ehrenbergii Pfeiff.
Cereus glycimorphus (Foerster) Orcutt
Echinocactus chlorophthalmus Hook.
Echinocereus chlorophthalmus (Hook.) Britton & Rose
Echinocereus cirrhifer (Labour.) Haage
Echinocereus ehrenbergii (Pfeiff.) Engelm. ex Haage
Echinocereus glycimorphus undulatus Schelle
Echinocereus pentalophus ehrenbergii (Pfeiff.) Backeb.
Echinocereus cinerascens is a spiny, evergreen, succulent perennial cactus. Many-branched from the base, it forms clumps or compact mounds of prostrate to erect, cylindrical stems; individual stems are up to 30cm long and 2 - 12cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is widely grown as an ornamental.
Echinocereus cinerascens is a very widespread and extremely common species with no major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
Southern N. America - central Mexico - México Federal District, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, and Tamaulipas
Thorny Prosopis scrub (mesquite) and xerophytic shrubland; at elevations around 1,600 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Echinocereus cinerascens is native to moderate elevations in semi-arid environments in central Mexico. In cultivation in semi-arid temperate regions of the USA it has shown itself to tolerate light frosts, being undamaged at temperatures down to -4°c[
In cultivation, Cactus plants generally will not succeed in moist climates. They usually require a sunny position in a well-drained, circumneutral soil and to be kept more or less dry in the dormant season[
Fruit - raw[
]. A strawberry-like flavour[
]. The green fruits are spiny[