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Emorycactus xeranthemoides (J.M.Coult.) Doweld
Succulenta (Netherlands) 75: 270. 1996
Family: CACTACEAE

Accepted Scientific Name: Echinocactus polycephalus subs. xeranthemoides (J.M.Coult.) N.P.Taylor
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 5: 12. 1998

Emorycactus xeranthemoides (Echinocactus polycephalus subs. xeranthemoides) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

Synonyms:

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Echinocactus polycephalus Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 3: 276. 1856
Synonymy: 2 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Echinocactus polycephalus subs. xeranthemoides (J.M.Coult.) N.P.Taylor
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 5: 12. 1998
Synonymy: 4
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Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Woolly-headed Barrel Cactus, Many-headed Barrel Cactus, Harem Cactus, Cotton Top Cactus, Turk's Head
SPANISH (Español): Biznaga Chilitos

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinocactus polycephalus group

  • Echinocactus parryi Engelm.: similar in morphology to Echinocactus polycephalus but distinct by the solitary manner of growth and whiter spines. Distribution: Northern Chihuahua.
  • Echinocactus polycephalus Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow: (subsp. polycephalus) has spines covered with fine hairs, and forms clumps of 20-30 heads. Distribution: widespread at lower elevations in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and northwestern Sonora.
  • Echinocactus polycephalus subs. xeranthemoides (J.M.Coult.) N.P.Taylor: has spines glabrate, and usually grows in unsymmetrical clumps rarely exceeding 12 stems and is sometimes solitary. Distribution: Arizona and southern Utah.

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Seedling (Marbel Canyon form) (Echinocactus polycephalus subs. xeranthemoides) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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