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Echinocereus brandegeei (J.M.Coult.) Schelle

Strawberry hedgehog

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusEchinocereusRibbed, small to medium-sized cacti

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Strawberry cactus is native to the the low elevation hills of the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

This cactus occurs in clumps up to 6½′ (2 m) wide, generally low in height, but up to 3′ (1 m). Spines are up to 5″ (13 cm) in length, varying from black to white. Stems have 8-10 ribs. Lavender or pink flowers are brighter and dark red near the center, up to 3″ (7.6 cm) around, and funnel-shaped. Fruits are red, and round, about 1″ (3 cm) in diameter.

Online References:

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Center for Sonoran Desert Studies





SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network


Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 232

Echinocereus mamillatus (Engelm.) Britton & Rose

Cereus brandegeei Coult.

Echinocereus brandegeei var. sanborgianus (J.M. Coult.) Lode

Cereus mamillatus Engelm. ex J.M.Coult.

Cereus sanborgianus Coult.

Echinocereus sanborgianus K. Schum.


Echinocereus brandegeei description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Echinocereus brandegeei (strawberry hedgehog)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ari­zona · ≈ 2 × 1½′ (70 × 47 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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