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 dasyacantha (G. Engelmann) Britton & Rose (1923)
HK380 - Candelaria,
Presidio County, Texas, USA
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Field number

HK380 - collected by Horst Kuenzler


New Mexico, Texas

Chihuahua, Coahuila, Zacatecas
in 1900–6200 ft (600–1900 m) altitude


dense spiny Escobaria
initially globular, in age to 7.8 in (20 cm) long, 2.8 in (7 cm) Ø
spines numerous, bristly, dense, white
about 9 central spines, somewhat longer, to 0.8 in (2 cm) long, stronger, tips reddissh or brownish
flowers pink, sepals with ciliated
fruits globular, scarlet
seeds 1 mm, black
Synonyms Mammillaria dasyacantha G. Engelmann (1856)
Coryphantha dasyacantha
(G. Engelmann) C. R. Orcutt (1926)
Escobesseya dasyacantha (G. Engelmann) J. P. Hester (1945)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.