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Ferocactus pilosus (Galeotti ex Salm-Dyck) Werderm.
Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Sonderbeih. C t. 72. 1933

Ferocactus pilosus Photo by: Agócs György
In habitat plants must be a great age, often forming into quite massive groups, with several subsidiary barrels growing from the main one.


See all synonyms of Ferocactus pilosus
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Ferocactus pilosus (Galeotti ex Salm-Dyck) Werderm.
Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Sonderbeih. C t. 72. 1933
Synonymy: 18

Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Mexican Lime Cactus, Fire Barrel, Mexican Fire Barrel Cactus
FRENCH (Français): Cactus citron mexicain
LITHUANIAN (Lietuvių): Šeriuotasis ferokaktusas
SPANISH (Español): Biznaga de Lima, Biznaga roja, Biznaga barril de lima

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Ferocactus pilosus group

  • Ferocactus piliferus f. flavispinus (hort. ex Schelle) G.Unger: Yellow spined form.
  • Ferocactus pilosus (Galeotti ex Salm-Dyck) Werderm.: Plants solitary or forming massive clumps. Central spines bright red, yellow, or a mixture of both. Radial spines usually reduced to many whitish bristles or absent. The subsp. 'pilosus'' has additional wispy and hairy white spines. It appears also to have brighter red, bigger and thicker central spines compared to more common variety.
  • Ferocactus pringlei (J.M.Coult.) Britton & Rose: With only red acicular spines and none (or very few) hairy white spines. However it look very similar to subs. pilosus and are linked one to each others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics. Nowadays both are thought to belong to a unique polymorphic species with some individual covered in fine white hairs, while others do not.
  • Ferocactus stainesii (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose: The Mexican fire barrel cactus is one of the most most spectacular species in this genus. After several (40/50) years plants it can reach about 2 meter high.
  • Ferocactus stainesii f. albispinum hort.: has cream-white spines (not red). Garden origin.

22341 flavio Flavio Agrosi
Ferocactus pilosus Photo by: Flavio Agrosi
24232 agocs Agócs György
Columnar habit. Mexico. Photo by: Agócs György

24238 agocs Agócs György
Mature branched specimens in habitat. Mexico. Photo by: Agócs György
24233 agocs Agócs György
Flowers in habitat. Mexico. Photo by: Agócs György

30665 cpif Peiffer Clement
Ferocactus pilosus Photo by: Peiffer Clement
28925 amante Amante Darmanin
Ferocactus pilosus, Galeana, Nuevo Leon. Photo by: Amante Darmanin

26068 paolo Paolo Di Varena
Ferocactus pilosus Photo by: Paolo Di Varena
13272 cactus-art Cactus Art
Ferocactus pilosus Photo by: Cactus Art

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