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Cochemiea setispina (J. M. Coulter) Walton 1899

Pincushion cactus

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This cactus is native to the San Borja region, San Julio Canyon, and Ángel de la Guarda Island, Baja California, Mexico.

Identification: Forming grayish-green clusters of cylindrical stems, each stem is up to 12″ (30 cm) high and 1-2″ (3-6 cm) in diameter. Spines are in groups of 10-12, ⅜-1″ (1-3 cm) long. Dark red flowers are about 1¾″ (5 cm) long. Fruits are dark red, up to ¾″ (2 cm) long, and shaped like clubs.


Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 167

Online References:



The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Center for Sonoran Desert Studies

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (Cochemieas)

Cactus setispinus J. M. Coulter 1894

Mammillaria setispina (J. M. Coulter) K. Brandegee 1897

Mammillaria pondii subsp. setispina (J. M. Coulter) D. R. Hunt 1997


Cochemiea setispina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cochemiea setispina (pincushion cactus)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ari­zona · ≈ 1½ × 2′ (42 × 64 cm)

Range: Zones 8-10:

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