Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis
Echinocereus triglochidiatus Engelm. var. mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) L.D. Benson
Echinocereus mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) Rümpler
Echinocereus mojavensis (Engelm. & Bigelow) Rümpler
Echinocereus triglochidiatus Engelm. var. mojavensis (Engelm. & Bigelow) L.D. Benson
Mojave Mound Cactus, Mojave Kingcup Cactus, Mojave Hedgehog
Mohave mound cactus is so named because it often forms large mounds, sometimes with as many as 500 heads. Cacti in this group are so highly variable in form that botanists have a really tough time sorting them out. They appear in a wide variety of desert habitats, over an altitude range of 492-11483' (150-3500 m).
Plants: Stems in mounds are densely packed, usually erect, roughly cylindrical or dome-shaped, and up to 12" (30 cm) in height. Each stem may be up to 12" (30 cm) high and ⅞-6" (2.5-15 cm) in diameter. They are typically covered with interwoven spines.
Spines: Each areole has 3 to 11 spines, which spread sideways. Spines may be straight or curved, though some plants have few spines. Areoles are white, and ⅜-1½" (1-4 cm) apart.
Flowers: Flowers are very attractive, funnel-shaped, 3-3½" (8-9 cm) in diameter, with tepals ranging from bright scarlet to orange-red. A nectar chamber surrounded by pink threadlike stamens attracts hummingbirds, which pollinate the cacti. Flowers appear from April to June.
Fruits: Green to yellow-green or pink, rarely red, and juicy at maturity.
Edibility: Fruits are edible at maturity.
Echinocereus species reportedly have the most flavorful fruits of all cacti in the Southwest. America Indians of the Southwest traditionally removed the spines by burning, then ate the fruits raw and rendered the stems into a pulp used to make baked goods and candy. (From Castetter, Edward F. 1935. Ethnobiological studies in the American Southwest. I. Uncultivated native plants used as sources of food. Biological Series No. 4: Volume 1. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico.)
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Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 1 Jul 2019.