E. platyacanthus CZ Dottor Arroyo, NL. This is the largest of all barrel cacti, it is grey-blue and nice when small, but areoles merge and forms a continuous. Echinocactus platyacanthus (Giant Barrel Cactus) is a slow-growing cactus, up to feet ( m) tall, up to 5 feet ( m) wide and can. Echinocactus platyacanthus. Common Name(s): Giant Barrel Cactus, Large Barrel Cactus Synonym(s): Echinocactus karwinskii, Echinocactus ingens.

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How to Grow and Care for Echinocactus.

They will suffer from rot in the presence of humidity. Native to central Mexico in the Chihuahuan Desert.

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Round, but becoming elliptical to linear and continuous in mature plants. Echinocactus platyacanthus Link et Otto In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. In echinocactsu like the other Echinocactus and Ferocactus seedlings, the rib structure is not yet apparent, and they have pronounced tubercles. Provide the plant with extremely well-drained soilsas the plant are subject to crown and soft rot if it remains too moist.

In this case the overcollection of wild plant for making cactus candy is the major threat to the survival of this species. Regardless of the name, this huge plant makes a spectacular specimen when full grown. They grow best in well-drained soil and a position in full sun, which will help to maintain the lustre of the spines and longevity of the flowers.

Echinocactus platyacantus

All the information and photos in cactus art file are now available also in the new the Enciclopedia of Cacti. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Copiapoa macracanth, Echinocactus arachnoideus, Echinocactus aulacogonus, Echinocactus edulis, Echinocactus ghiesbreghtianus, Echinocactus grandis, Echinocactus helophorus, Echinocactus ingens, Echinocactus irroratus, Echinocactus karwinskii, Echinocactus macracanthus, Echinocactus minax, Echinocactus oligacanthus, Echinocactus platyceras, Echinocactus saltillensis, Echinocactus tuberculatus, Echinocactus viznaga, Echinofossulocactus helophorus, Echinofossulocactus karwinskianus, Echinofossulocactus macracanthus, Echinofossulocactus platyceras, Melocactus ingens, Melocactus platyacanthus, Melocactus tuberculatus.


The apex of the cactus is flat and covered with a yellow felt-like substance. Together with Ferocactus histrix this is the most abundant and widespread barrel cactus in Mexico. A pale brown spined specimen. If possible, identify the infestation as early as possible and treat with the leave toxic option. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinocactus platyacanthus group.

Echinocactus platyacanthus (Giant Barrel Cactus)

Variable with age, large, stiff, somewhat flattened, with transverse striations, brownish, yellowish to reddish, at first, greyish or blackish in age Radial spines: Their hairs are often used for weaving in Mexico and used to produce a echniocactus candy by boiling the pith.

Echinocactus platyacanthus Link et Otto Distribution: Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Echinocactus platyacanthus.

Echinocactud an option 3 in 6 in Clear. Photographs exist of specimens almost four feet almost 1. Many non-cactus succulents have very broad shoots like this, but those are invariably due to a large amount of parenchymatous wood.

They also tend to lean to the south or southwest so that the spines can better protect the body of the plant from the harsh desert sun. They are heavily ribbed and have large areoles. Cactaceae Cactus Ehcinocactus Scientific Name: Yellow flowers occur in a ring at the top and poke out beyond the wool. Seedling establishment echinocqctus Echinocactus platyacanthus is very low in habitat, because initial growth in the field is slow, two-years-old seedlings may be only 2.

The juveniles initially have a blue gray body slowly changing to green, frequently with purple chevrons between the ribs while the adults have deep green bodies with much echinocaxtus at the crown. Young plants are prone to mealy bug and red spider mite. In pre-Columbian platyacantus times, these plants were regarded as being sacred and used for sacrifices, food and medicine. The importance of these species increases with the aridity of the land and echinocacyus inadequacy for agriculture Del Castillo and Trujillo They are numerous, diurnal, self-compatible, about 2 cm in height and opening fairly wide, cm long, cm wide, long-woolly, vivid yellow.


They are probably the most economically important barrel cacti in Mexico. Previous Article Euphorbia neohumbertii. It could live more than a hundred years and is easily recognized because of its massive size, by far the largest of all barrel cacti. Besides, it performs wonderfully in containers, Container media should be coarse as well. The species name “platyacanthus” comes from the Greek for “with wide thorns”.

Downloaded on 31 May In fact, desert travellers can use the plant as echinocacfus compass. The flowers are diurnal, tubular, vivid yellow, up to 0.

One of the giant barrel-type cacti, the taxonomy has been tossed echinocactuss and forth between Echinocactus platyacanthusE. Besides, it performs wonderfully in containers, Container media should be coarse as well.

This is the largest of all platyacanyhus cacti, it is grey-blue and nice when small, but areoles merge and forms a continuous line when it became large.