Echinocereus chisoensis W.T. Marshall
Chisos hedgehog cactus, Chisos Mountain hedgehog cactus, Chisos hedgehog, Chisos Mountain hedgehog
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Synonym(s): Echinocereus reichenbachii var. chisoensis
USDA Symbol: ECCH2
Chisos hedgehogs grow to 8 inches tall, but seldom more than 2 inches in diameter. They are usually single, but branch out occasionally above the ground. Each plant has 13-16 ribs composed of quite distinct tubercles, almost completely separated from each other by broad valleys. The surface is bluish-green to deep green. There are ten to fifteen spines growing from each areole, most of which lie flat on the stem. The flowers are about 2 1/2 inches long and 1-2 inches across and never open wide. The base of the petals is deep red followed by a pinkish-white band, with the upper portion pink to rose-colored. Stamens are cream-colored, and the pistil has several green lobes.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: This rare hedgehog grows only in the Chisos Mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q294Status:
BibliographyBibref 1141 - Cactuses of Big Bend National Park (1998) Evans, Douglas B.
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus chisoensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus chisoensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus chisoensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff