|Scientific Name||Echinocereus stramineus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ECST2|
|Common Name||Strawberry Cactus||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||912934|
|Family||Cactaceae (Cactus)||Flora of North America Ref.||Click Here|
|Description|| Habitat: Desert environments; limestone rock outcrops in dry mountains and hillsides from 2500 to 5000 ft.
Plant: Clumps or dome-like mounds of 20 to 100+ branches, mounds up to 3 ft. across; stems densely covered with spines.
Pads & Spines: Stems erect, long ovoid, up to 12 inches long and 1-3/4 to 4 inches across; 11 to 17 ribs per stem; areoles 1/4 to 5/8-inch apart; 2 to 4 central spines 2 to 3-1/2 inches long and 7 to 10 shorter (3/4 to 1-1/4 inch long) radial spines per areole; spines straight, straw-colored and becoming translucent, glassy-looking.
Inflorescence: Many large magenta flowers 3-1/3 to 4-3/4 inches across; reddish filaments, yellow anthers; thick style supporting 10 to 13 green stigma lobes.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Bristly reddish-brown, round to oval, 2 to 2-3/8 inches long.
References: "Cacti of Texas" by Powell, Weedin and Powell, "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and Flora of North America
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