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 minima (Braid) D. R. Hunt (1978)
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Texas - Brewster County, south of Marathon

in 3900 ft (1200 m) altitude
desert grass land between lime rocks


smallest Escobaria
very small, only to 1.8 in (4.5 cm) long, clumping, form clusters
ribs in 8–14 rows
tubercles only 2 mm long
about 18 radial spines, the longest to 0.4 in (1 cm) long, spreaded to all sides,
erected, spines small, thick, ash-gray to yellowish and reddish, white, honey-yellow or darker
central spine absent
flowers only to 0.6 in (1.5 cm) Ø, pink-purple, petals with ciliated
Synonyms Coryphantha minima Braid (1931)
Escobesseya minima
(Braid) Hester (1945) (nom. inval.)
Coryphantha nelliae Croizat (1934)
Escobaria nelliae
(Croizat) Backeberg (1961)
Mammillaria nelliae
(Croizat) Weniger (1970) (nom. inval.)
CITES Appendix II since 01.July1975; Appendix I since 29.July 1983
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.