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 hesteri (Y. Wright) Buxbaum (1951)
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Texas - Brewster County, Mount Ord


named after J. P. Hester
small, 0.8–1.6 in (2–4 cm) Ø, clumping, cluster to 11.8 in (30 cm) Ø, at the apex spines very dense
tubercles to 0.5 in (1.2 cm) long, conical
14–16 radial spines, not always in one layer, especially at the apex some additional fine spines,
to 0.6 in (1.5 cm) long, glassy bright to brown
flowers ca. 1 in (2,5 cm) Ø, pale purple
sepals with a fringed margin
fruits green
Synonyms Coryphantha hesteri Y. Wright (1932)
Escobesseya hesteri
(Y. Wright) Hester (1945) (nom. inval., Art. 34.1)
Mammillaria hesteri (Y. Wright) Weniger (1970) (nom. inval., Art. 33.3)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.