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


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


very permeable to water, minerally, gritty and gravelly
Escobaria emskoetteriana (Quehl) Borg (1937)
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Texas - plain of the Rio Grande

Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas


named after Robert Emskoetter
to 2 in (5 cm) high, 1.6 in (4 cm) Ø, dark green, many stems, forms cluster
tubercles 0.4 in (1 cm) long, conical
over 20 radial spines, to 0.8 in (2 cm) long, white with brown tips
6–8 central spines, like radial spines, thickened at the base, foxy red to the tip
flowers 1.2 in (3 cm) long, whiteish with green-red center
sepals with a fringed margin, petals over 0.8 in (2 cm) long
Synonyms Mammillaria emkoetteriana Quehl (1910)
Coryphanta emskoetteriana
(Quehl) A. Berger (1929)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.