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Escobaria alversonii (Cushion foxtail cactus)
Miller, Holmes O.

Escobaria alversonii

Escobaria alversonii (J.M. Coult.) N.P. Taylor

Cushion Foxtail Cactus, Foxtail Cactus, Foxtail Beehive Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Coryphantha alversonii, Coryphantha vivipara var. alversonii, Escobaria vivipara var. alversonii, Mammillaria alversonii

USDA Symbol: ESAL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Threatened by collecting.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit: Red or green.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Violet
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Magenta to pink.


Native Distribution: South Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert, in California, Arizona, and Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy or rocky areas, creosote-bush scrub, 250'-2000'.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-08-12
Research By: JAM

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