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.
Cereus dasyacanthus Engelm.
Echinocereus hildmannii Arendt
Echinocereus papillosus rubescens (Dams) Dams
Echinocereus pectinatus dasyacanthus (Engelm.) W.H.Earle ex N.P.Taylor
Echinocereus rubescens Dams
Echinocereus spinosissimus Walton
Echinocereus steereae Clover
Cereus ctenoides Engelm.
Echinocactus ctenoides (Engelm.) Lem.
Echinocereus ctenoides (Engelm.) Rümpler
Common Name: Spiny Hedgehog Cactus
Echinocereus dasyacanthus is a very spiny, evergreen, succulent perennial cactus. Plants, especially when young, are usually simple, often branching bassaly in age to form loose clumps of up to 20 stems in old age. Stems are cylindrical, 11 - 23cm high , occasionally to 40cm, and 5 - 10cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is often grown as an ornamental.
Echinocereus dasyacanthus has a very wide range, is abundant, and although it is collected illegally for horticultural use this is not sufficient to warrant any concern. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
Southwestern N. America - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico (Chihuahua and Coahuila)
Xerophyllous scrub, grasslands, and on rocks., growing in sandy valleys to stony hills in limestone; at elevations from 1,200 - 1,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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[
]. An acid flavour[
]. A white to purplish-pink pulp[
].The purplish to maroon, nearly globular fruit is 20 - 35mm in diameter[
]. The fruit sometimes remains green when it is fully ripe[