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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Echinocereus pacificus

Echinocereus pacificus is native of N.Baja California. It is a small-stemmed clumping plant with smaller flowers resembling those of closely related E. coccinneus, but more colorful. Unlike dioious E. coccineus , E. pacificus produces 'perfect', e.i. bi-sexual flowers, with both stamens and pistil fully functional, and each plant capable of producing seeds.
This species was first described by George Engelmann, some 150 years ago, but still not very common among amateurs, more often seen in specialized collections.
As other Echinocerei E. pacificus plants are easy in cultivation. They require plenty of sunlight and early spring watering for successful flowering.

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