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Echinocereus russanthus (Brownspine hedgehog cactus)
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Echinocereus russanthus

Echinocereus russanthus D. Weniger

Brownspine Hedgehog Cactus, Rusty Hedgehog Cactus, Brownspine Hedgehog, Rusty Hedgehog

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocereus chloranthus var. russanthus

USDA Symbol: ECRU4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Echinocereus russanthus is heavily covered with a mass of slender, interlocking, bristle-like spines radiating in all directions. It grows to 12 inches tall and 2-3 inches in diameter. The stems often branch and form clusters, some having as many as a dozen. Each has 13-18 ribs. Flowers are rust-red with darker lines, about 1 inch long and 1 inch across.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun



Growing Conditions

Heat Tolerant: yes

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1031 Collected 2007-05-22 in Brewster County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


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

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