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Cacti Genus ferocactus




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Ferocactus townsendianus


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Synonym(s): Ferocactus peninsulae
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Distribution: Baja California Sur - Mexico (North America)
Habit: Cylindrical
Flower: Red, YellowEncounterability: Unusual in Collections
Original Description: The Cactaceae 3 p.127 - Britton & Rose (1920)
Short-cylindric, 4 dm high or more; ribs about 16, often spiraled, somewhat undulate; areoles large, distant; radial spines widely spreading, 14 to 16, 3 to 4 cm long, most of them thread-like, but often 2 or more above and below, subulate; central spines subulate, grayish, usually one curved or hooked at apex, teh others straight, all annulate; flowers large, 5 to 6 cm long; outer perianth-segments ovate, reddish, with narrow yellow margins; inner perianth-segments oblong-lanceolate with a narrow pink stripe down the center with greenish-yellow margins; filaments and style dark pink; stigma-lobes pale greenish brown.
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Ferocactus townsendianus
F. townsendianus
Picture taken at: Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

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