Echinocereus poselgeri


Cactées, 57. 1868.

Common names: Pencil cactus dahlia hedgehog cactus sacasil
Synonyms: Echinocereus tuberosus (Poselger) Rümpler Wilcoxia poselgeri (Lemaire) Britton & Rose
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Mentioned on page 96, 158, 159, 172.

Plants straggling, very tall and slender, sparingly branched at any level. Stems initially erect, later sprawling or clambering, long cylindric, 12–60(–130) × 0.6–1(–2) cm; ribs 8–10, crests low, uninterrupted or shallowly undulate; areoles 1–2–5 mm apart. Spines (9–)11–13(–17) per areole, stiff and straight, usually tan, brown, or black, sometimes yellow, pale pink, ashy white, or gray, sometimes black central spines contrasting with white radial spines; radial spines 8–16 per areole, 2–5 mm; central spines 1(–3) per areole, closely appressed (except at the stem tip), terete, 4–9 mm. Flowers 3.5–6 × 3.5–7 cm; flower tube 15–20 × 7–18 mm; flower tube hairs 3–5(–10) mm; inner tepals rose-pink with darker pink to magenta midstripes, proximally darker, 25–35 × 4–12 mm, tips relatively thin and delicate; anthers yellow; nectar chamber 1–4 mm. Fruits dark green to brownish, 2–3 cm, pulp white. 2n = 22.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Apr; fruiting 2 1/2-3 months after flowering.
Habitat: Tamaulipan thorn scrub, alluvial soils
Elevation: 0-200[-1100] m


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Tex., Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas).


Echinocereus poselgeri, with tuberous roots and erect, slender, elongate stems, superficially resembles some Peniocereus species. The polyphyletic genus Wilcoxia Britton & Rose formerly included this species along with species of Peniocereus. The flowers, fruits, and seeds of E. poselgeri are typical for Echinocereus, quite similar to those of E. reichenbachii.

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Lower Taxa

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Allan D. Zimmerman +  and Bruce D. Parfitt +
Lemaire +
Pencil cactus +, dahlia hedgehog cactus +  and sacasil +
Tex. +, Mexico (Coahuila +, Nuevo León +  and Tamaulipas). +
0-200[-1100] m +
Tamaulipan thorn scrub, alluvial soils +
Flowering Mar–Apr +  and fruiting 2 1/2-3 months after flowering. +
Illustrated +
Echinocereus tuberosus +  and Wilcoxia poselgeri +
Echinocereus poselgeri +
Echinocereus +
species +