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Neolloydia conoidea (Chihuahuan beehive cactus)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Neolloydia conoidea

Neolloydia conoidea (DC.) Britton & Rose

Chihuahuan beehive cactus, Chihuahuan beehive, Cone cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocactus conoideus, Mammillaria conoidea

USDA Symbol: NECO5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This small, low-growing cactus is egg-shaped at first, later becoming cone-like, about 4 inches tall and almost 3 inches across. It often sprouts near the base, or even higher on the sides, to produce 2 or 3 branches. The surface is dull green and has several rows of pyramid-shaped tubercles about 1/2 inch high. There are 10-16 spines that are straight, rigid, and radiate outward, lying flat on the stem, and 1-4 spines in the center, 3/8-1 inch long, that project outward. These are black when young, fading to gray. The flowers are violet or violet-pink, 1-2 inches across, about 1 inch deep, and opening out widely. The petals are long and pointed and the stamens are yellow-orange. The fruit is round, yellowish or reddish, later turning brown.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: Stems are 3-4in tall and 3in thick.
Flower: Flowers 2 1/2 inches across
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Diurnal blooms


Native Distribution: Also eastern Mexico

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: minimum temperature 50F


Bibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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