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Echinocereus pectinatus (Rainbow cactus)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Echinocereus pectinatus

Echinocereus pectinatus (Scheidw.) Engelm.

Rainbow cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: ECPE

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low, cylindrical cactus girdled from top to bottom by bands of colorful spines, pink, gray, pale yellow, brown, or white; flowers pink, rose, lavender, or yellow.

The banded colors of spines explain the name Rainbow Cactus. The strikingly beautiful flowers seem far too large for the plant.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: Globose or short cylindrical plants to 6in high, 2½-3¼in thick.
Flower: Flowers 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches across
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: diurnal

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Central and southern Arizona east to western Texas and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes and flats, commonly on limestone.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry

Bibliography

Bibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Echinocereus pectinatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus pectinatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus pectinatus

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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