|Scientific Name||Echinocereus coccineus ssp. transpecosensis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||N/A|
|Common Name||Claret Cup Cactus, Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||N/A|
|Description|| Habitat: Dry, limestone soils in semi-desert shrublands, mountains and rocky areas; 2300 to 7800 ft.
Plant: Mounds up to 30 inches across; a few to 20 or more stems.
Pads & Spines: Cylindrical to ellipsoidal stems, 2 to 4 inches in diameter and 4 to 16 inches tall with 7 to 11 ribs; dark green to purple surface; round/oval areoles with 1 to 4 central spines 0.4 to 2.4 inches long and 6 to 11 radial spines 0.2 to 1.2 inches long; yellowish to brown becoming gray.
Inflorescence: Funnel to cup-shaped flowers with rounded, rather stiff, bright crimson tepals with cream-colored bases, 1.6 to 3 inches across; male flowers with cream-colored filaments and pink-purple pollen-filled anthers; female flowers with short filaments and empty anther sacs below 6 to 14 light-green stigma lobes.
Bloom Period: March and April.
Fruit: Reddish-brown to pink, round to oval, 1 to 1.5 inches long and almost as wide.
References: iNaturalist and A New Echinocereus Taxon with Red Flowers From the Trans Pecos Area of Texas by Blum and Oldach in "The Cactus Explorers".
Note: This is a relatively new subspecies that was described in 2015 by Wolfgang Blum, Traute Oldach and Jörn Oldach in the reference above.
|BONAP Distribution Map|
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
© Tom Lebsack 2023