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Cacti Genus pediocactus




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Pediocactus

Etymology -From the Greek word Pedion - meaning plain - after the Great Plains of the United States where the plants are found.
Pediocatus is one of the few genera in the cactus family that is found exclusively North of Mexico. Most other genera have members that extend into Mexico. These plants are often the prize of collectors who can grow them as they typically prove challenging in cultivation -often grafted. One species, P. simpsonii is extremely cold hardy and able to grow in the far northern United States where temperatures of -30F are common.

Plants are usually solitary small globose plants with tubercles and small - rarely exceeding 7 or 8 inches in height. Spines vary and may be dense or almost non-existent. Flowers arise from the top of the stem and may be pink, white, or yellow. Fruit is somewhat fleshy, drying with age and dehiscent.

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Pediocactus bradyi

Pediocactus bradyi


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Pediocactus despainii

Pediocactus despainii


     7 images

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Pediocactus hermannii

Pediocactus hermannii


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Pediocactus knowltonii

Pediocactus knowltonii


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Pediocactus paradinei

Pediocactus paradinei


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Pediocactus peeblesianus

Pediocactus peeblesianus


     29 images

Taxa Included:
   P. peeblesianus peeblesianus -
11 images

   P. peeblesianus menzeli -
5 images

   P. peeblesianus fickeisenii -
7 images

   P. peeblesianus maia -
3 images

   P. peeblesianus hurricanensis -
3 images


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Pediocactus sileri

Pediocactus sileri


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Pediocactus simpsonii

Pediocactus simpsonii


     25 images

Taxa Included:
   P. simpsonii -
16 images

   P. simpsonii nigrispinus -
7 images

   P. simpsonii indranus -
2 images


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Pediocactus winkleri

Pediocactus winkleri


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*Currently 9 of 9 known species in this genus are represented on CactiGuide.com.
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