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

Highslide JS


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 villardii Castetter & al. (1975)
SB66 - Otero County,
New Mexico, USA
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Field number

SB66 - collected by Steven Brack


New Mexico - Otero County und Doña Ana County
in 4500–6500 ft (1370–2000 m) altitude


named after Mr. Villard, Roswell; collected this species for the first time nearby of Alamogordo in 1972
2.4–5.9 in (6–15 cm) long, 2.4–2.5 in (6–6.4 cm) Ø, clumping
tubercles 0.2–0.4 in (0.6–1.1 cm) long, 3–6 mm Ø, cylindrical
20–36 spines, 0.2–0.8 in (0.6–2 cm) long, very variable, white to straw yellow
1–2 central spine, 0.5–0.8 in (1.2–2 cm) long, white
flowers 0.3–1 in (0.8–2.5 cm) Ø, pale pink
fruits 0.4–0.8 in (1.1–2.1 cm) long, cylindrical
seeds 1 mm Ø
Synonyms Escobaria sneedii ssp. villardii (Castetter & al.) J. Luethy (1999)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.