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Echinocereus stramineus (strawberry cactus)

The densely-spined strawberry cactus is known for its hedgehog-like appearance and strawberry-flavoured fruits.
Echinocereus stramineus flowers

Echinocereus stramineus (Photo: Graham Charles)

Species information

Common name: 

strawberry cactus, porcupine hedgehog cactus, sanjuanera, spiny strawberry cactus, straw-coloured hedgehog, strawberry pitaya

Conservation status: 

Provisionally assessed as IUCN category of Least Concern.

Habitat: 

Rocky slopes in the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and south-west USA.

Known hazards: 

None other than mild physical injury from contact with the spiny stems.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Caryophyllanae
Order: 
Caryophyllales
Family: 
Cactaceae
Genus: Echinocereus

About this species

Echinocereus stramineus is an impressively spiny cactus found growing in clumps on rocky slopes in Mexico and the USA. The large, attractive pink flowers are followed by edible, strawberry-flavoured fruits, which have given rise to common names such as 'strawberry pitaya' and 'spiny strawberry cactus'.

Genus: 
Echinocereus

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