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cactus ID?

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Offline 01ACRViper

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cactus ID?
« on: January 28, 2007, 01:50:24 PM »


does anyone know what kind of cactus this is? it's a very pretty cactus, but i have no idea what to call it  :oops:

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chisos_muse

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2007, 04:55:03 PM »
Chisos Nipple Cactus
Mammalaria heyderi  :D

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WayneR

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2007, 06:46:43 PM »
This species of cactus is fairly common in the Big Bend area.  It generally grows under scrub as it cannot take full sun.  Often the plant grows 'flat' with the ground and is often never noticed!   :shock: I have seen this species along the trail to the South Rim in the Chisos.

Wayne

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Offline Boojum1

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cactus ID?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2007, 07:44:04 PM »
Location?  Scale? I'll defer to chisos_muse in this case but its similar to some Hill Country cactus...like Echinocactus texensis.  Looking again at the photo, the oak leaves would imply that its a small cactus, say, no more than 4"-5" diameter.  Chiso nipple could definitely be correct.  A pink nipple-esque flower would advantageous for ID.   :D
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chisos_muse

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2007, 08:01:52 PM »
Well, I'm not the expert. I showed the photo to someone I work with who identified it immediately...who IS the expert! :wink:

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2007, 10:00:30 PM »
You got it Muse, although my book calls it Heyder pinchcushion cactus.

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Offline 01ACRViper

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2007, 10:45:03 PM »
it was ~5000ft on the southern slopes of Carter peak in a rock nook. it was no more than 3" across.

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Offline Chris43

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Re: cactus ID?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007, 10:55:30 AM »
Responding to an old post about geting over to this thread, the cactus shown is indeed Mammillaria heyderi. Its a very widespread species, form sof it growing from as far as the Yucatan up into Arizona. This form is most likely to be the subspecies known as meiacantha.
Chris
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