E. platyacanthus CZ Dottor Arroyo, NL. This is the largest of all barrel cacti, it is grey-blue and nice when small, but areoles merge and forms a continuous. Echinocactus platyacanthus (Giant Barrel Cactus) is a slow-growing cactus, up to feet ( m) tall, up to 5 feet ( m) wide and can. Echinocactus platyacanthus. Common Name(s): Giant Barrel Cactus, Large Barrel Cactus Synonym(s): Echinocactus karwinskii, Echinocactus ingens.

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Many non-cactus succulents have very broad shoots like this, but those are invariably due to a large amount of parenchymatous wood. How to Grow and Care for Echinocactus.

A pale brown spined specimen. Overall, these are very attractive cacti for dish gardens or indoor display. They are numerous, echinocacctus, self-compatible, about 2 cm in height and opening fairly wide, cm long, cm wide, long-woolly, vivid yellow. The importance of these species increases with the aridity of the land and its inadequacy for agriculture Del Castillo and Trujillo Description Additional information Reviews 0 Description One of the giant barrel-type cacti, the taxonomy has been tossed back and forth between Echinocactus platyacanthusE.

Provide the plant with extremely well-drained soils, as the plant are subject to crown and soft rot if it remains too moist.

Echinocactus platyacanthus (Giant Barrel Cactus)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Echinocactus platyacanthu s is a slowly growing barrel cactus known under popular name visnaga, it is usually solitary and grows huge in habitat. They also tend to lean to the south or southwest so that the spines can better protect the body of the plant from the harsh desert sun. It is native to central Mexico in the Chihuahuan Desert.


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Echinocactus platyacanthus, Miquihuana, Tamaulipas Photo by: They will suffer from rot in the presence of humidity. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinocactus platyacanthus group.

They are heavily ribbed and have large areoles. Echinocactus ingens Echinocactus karwinskii Echinocactus helophorus Echinocactus visnaga Echinocactus palmeri. Echinocactus platyacanthus Photo by: It could live more than a hundred years and is easily recognized because of its massive size, by far the largest of all barrel cacti. Nurse plants or other shaded microhabitats that reduces local soil and air temperatures, such as those provided by rocks, are also important for seedling establishment.

This slow-growing species can reach sizes to 2. Most of unshaded seedlings of E. Older specimens take on an oblong shape with age and echinocacttus dominate a landscape because of their large size and impressive bulk.

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Stigma-lobes 10 open, spreading. The juvenile Echinocactus look very different from the mature specimens. Young plants are prone to mealy bug and red spider mite. Yellow flowers occur in a ring at the top and poke out beyond the wool.

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Echinocactus platyacanthusalso known as the giant barrel cactusgiant viznagaor biznaga de dulce[2] is a species of cactus family Cactaceae. The species occurs in xerophyllous scrub and prefers calcareous soils. Round, but becoming elliptical to linear and continuous in echinocatcus plants.

The flowers appear from the end of spring to summer and also in autumn, only on larger mature specimens receiving enough full sun, but rarely flowering in cultivation.

In pre-Columbian pre-Hispanic times, these plants were regarded as being sacred and used for sacrifices, food and medicine. They grow best in well-drained soil and a position in full sunwhich echinocactud help to maintain the lustre of the spines and longevity of the flowers. One of the giant barrel-type cacti, the taxonomy has been tossed back and forth between Echinocactus platyacanthusE.


The flowers are diurnal, tubular, vivid yellow, up to 0.

Echinocactus platyacanthus Link et Otto Sometimes purple banded when juvenile. Outer perianth-segments lanceolate, mucronate; inner perianth-segments broad, obtuse, yellow, the outer ones tappering to narrow brownish points. This is one of the very large species of Echinocactus and is very characteristic of the deserts of Puebla where it is often the conspicuous plant of the landscape.

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Very widespread range from Nuevo Leon and Platywcanthus south into Oaxaca, with slight variation from one region to the next, leading to the different names applied to this species. In this case the overcollection of wild plant for making cactus candy is the major threat to the survival of this species.

Each fruit contains numerous black seeds approximately 1. It is grey-blue and nice when small, but areoles merge and forms a continuous line when it echniocactus large. In fact, desert travellers can use the plant as a compass.

The north and southern subpopulations are geographically isolated by the Transverse Neovolcanic Axis. Echinocactsu fact like the other Echinocactus and Ferocactus seedlings, the rib structure is not yet apparent, and they have pronounced tubercles.