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Echinomastus intertextus (White fishhook cactus)
Anderson, Wynn

Echinomastus intertextus

Echinomastus intertextus (Engelm.) Britton & Rose

White Fishhook Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocactus intertextus, Echinocactus intertextus var. dasyacanthus, Echinomastus intertextus var. dasyacanthus, Neolloydia intertexta, Neolloydia intertexta var. dasyacantha, Sclerocactus intertextus, Sclerocactus intertextus var. dasyacanthus, Sclerocactus intertextus var. intertextus

USDA Symbol: ECIN2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Egg-shaped stems are about 3 to 8 inches long; some are elevated above the ground level on a pedestal-like tap root.
Flower: Flowers 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches across
Fruit: Dry tan or brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
Bloom Notes: Diurnal.



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: This cactus occurs in grassland habitats in gravel soils.


Use Wildlife: Attracts moths for pollination.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Deer Resistant: High


Bibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 1141 - Cactuses of Big Bend National Park (1998) Evans, Douglas B.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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