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SP2305 Echinocereus pentalophus cristata

Echinocereus pentalophus cristata
  • Echinocereus pentalophus cristata
  • Echinocereus pentalophus cristata
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Diametro 10 cm. Su radici proprie, non innestato!

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lemaire.
in: Cactées, 56 (1868)
forma cristata

OriginGarden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common NamesCrestedLady Finger Cactus, Crested Dog Tail.

Echinocereus pentalophus forma cristata


Description:  The typical Echinocereus pentalophus  is a well known and widely grown clumping cactus that form large cushion. The crested form is not so easy to found as the normal plant.
Stems: Light green to reddish-purple to dark or yellowish-green.  The crested stems are relatively weak, up 2.5 cm in width .
Central spines: 0 or 1 central spine;
Radial spines: 4 or 7, short, brown, yellowish, tan or ashy white, usually very stiff and straight.


Cultivation: The crests are frequently grafted onto a  Myrtillocactus geometrizans  trunk, but are easily grown on their own roots. Indicated for full sun exposure.  Water regularly from March to October. Rot prone in winter, it needs good drainage,  It should be kept in a cool place during winter rest (it can briefly tolerate temp. as low as -7°C). Stems may possibly become purple and limp in winter, but revitalize in early spring. Any normal shoots should be removed to promote the growth of the crest.


Propagation:Grafting,  It can also be increased by cuttings, which will take root in a minimum temperature of 20° C. Cuttings of healthy shoots can be taken in the spring and summer, Cut the stem with a sharp, sterile knife, leave the cutting in a warm, dry place for a week or weeks (depending on how thick the cutting is) until a callus forms over the wound. Once the callus forms, the cutting may be inserted in a container filled with firmed cactus potting mix topped with a surface layer of coarse grit. They should be placed in the coarse grit only; this prevents the cut end from becoming too wet and allows the roots to penetrate the rich compost underneath. The cuttings should root in 2 to 6 weeks.