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Thelocactus setispinus (Miniature barrel cactus)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Thelocactus setispinus

Thelocactus setispinus (Engelm.) E.F. Anderson

Miniature Barrel Cactus, Hedgehog Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocactus setispinus, Echinocactus setispinus var. hamatus, Ferocactus setispinus

USDA Symbol: THSE5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

58 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Less than 1 foot.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Yellow petals with a red throat.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1057 Collected 2007-05-23 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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