Escobaria Britton & Rose (1923)

(Cochiseia, Escobesseya, Escocoryphantha, Fobea, Neobesseya)
named after the brothers Rómulo and Numa Escobar from Mexico City and Juárez, to honor their work,
tubercle cactus, globular to cylindrical, small, with a furrow on the tubercles, clumping
radial spines mostly bristly, white, yellow or with a dark tip
central spine absent or only somewhat stronger and darker
flowers small at the apex, white, yellow, pink or purple
fruits red; seeds black

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northern to central Mexico
warm arid areas

Growth period

full sun exposure and a warm location, the hottest and sunniest spot is the best, only then will they blooming
somewhat sensitive to too moisture, but constant slightly moisture, a watering rest in high summer is recommendable
keep the root neck dry
generate humidity by spraying in the evening hours

Winter period

dry and bright at a minimum of 39–50°F (4–10°C)


very permeable to water, minerally, gritty and gravelly
Escobaria asperispina (Boedeker) D. R. Hunt (1978)
GL46 - San Juanita,
Nuevo León, Mexico
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Field number

GL46 - collected by Gary Loos


Coahuila, Nuevo León


rough spiny Escobaria
globular, to 2.4 in (6 cm) Ø, dull dark blue-green
tubercles acuminate cone-shaped, loosely arranged
areoles white wooly, soon bare
9–10 radial spines, radiate to all sides, in age bent to the stem,
gray-whitish, wooly rough
central spine usually absent
flowers 1 in (2.5 cm) Ø, pale greenish-yellow
Synonyms Coryphantha asperispina Boedeker (1929)
Neobesseya asperispina
(Boedeker) Boedeker (1933)
Escobaria missouriensis var. asperispina (Boedeker) N. P. Taylor (1983)
Escobaria missouriensis ssp. asperispina (Boedeker) N. P. Taylor (1998)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.