Ancistrocactus tobuschii (W.T. Marshall) W.T. Marshall ex Backeb.
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus, Shorthook Fishhook Cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Synonym(s): Echinocactus tobuschii, Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii
USDA Symbol: ANTO3
Plants solitary, hemispheric, spheric or subcylindrical. Tuberculate. Tubercles armed with up to 20 hook-shaped, pale yellow (turning gray with age) spines to about 2-1/2 inches long. The 3 to 5 central spines have red tips early.
Phylogenetic evidence suggests reclassification of this taxon as Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii.
This taxon was a federally-listed endangered species until 2018 and is currently listed as threatened. Wild-growing plants should not be collected or otherwise disturbed.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: To about 3-1/2 inches in height and diameter.
Flower: 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
Fruit: Berrylike. Matures in late April to Early May.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr
Bloom Notes: Flowers persist about one week.
Native Distribution: Endemic to Texas' Edwards Plateau.
Native Habitat: Primarily upland Ashe Juniper-Live Oak woodlands and savannas on very shallow, gravelly soils where bare rock and rock fragments comprise a large proportion of the surface cover. Also found in suitable riparian habitats.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q1SVStatus:
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ancistrocactus tobuschii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ancistrocactus tobuschii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ancistrocactus tobuschii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-06-12
Research By: JAM