- Cereus eruca Brandegee
- Macharocereus eruca (Brandegee)
Britton and Rose
- Stenocereus eruca (Brandegee)
A.C.Gibson & K.E.Horak
- Lemaireocereus eruca
- Rathbunia eruca
Creeping Devil Cactus, Chirinole, Caterpillar Cactus
Endemic of Magdalena Island and Llano de la Magdalena, Baja
Habitat: On sandy plains and coastal
Description: This is one of strangest of all cacti with strongly
prostrate stems except for their slightly raised tips. They grow
about up to 3 m long, 4-8 cm in diameter and take root as they creep,
ramifying further and eventually covering a huge area. Sometimes plants
separate from the parent stem and spread out around it, leaving it to
die. Stems have 12
areoles, 2 cm apart; 1
central and flat spine much wider than the others, 3 cm long, and
around 20 light grey or whitish
radials of unequal length. Outer ones are short and
subulate; inner ones are larger and flat.
The 'creeping devil' of the Baja California has the
habit of growing horizontally and rooting in the ground, making it
seem to move across the desert like an enormous caterpillar.
Cultivation: This plant, which is seldom cultivated, needs very
sandy soil and should be placed in a
semiprostrate position so that it may creep.
Propagation: Propagation is
cuttings or seed
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Macharocereus eruca.