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This is  Echinocereus pectinatus var. rufispinus, K. Schum 1898.

Author: Georg Engelmann 1848
Family:  Cactaceae
Habitat:   Northern Mexico, Texas; USA
Soil:   Grit
Water:   Minimum
Sun:   Maximum
Thickness:  5 centimetres
Height:  20 centimetres
Flower:   White/Pink
Propagate:   Seeds/Cuttings
Names:   -
Synonyms:  Cereus caespitosus  subsp./var. adustus, armatus, bauerii, bristolii, caespitosus, candicans, castaneus, centralis, chrysacanthus, crassispinus, ctenoides, ctenoides, dasyacanthus, laevior, minor, neomexicanus, pectinatus, pectinatus, rigidissimus, rigidissimus, robustior, robustus, rufispinus, tamaulipensis, texensis, wenigeri and  wenigeri.

Cereus pectinatus var. rigidissimus.
Echinocereus pectinatus var. rigidissimus.
Echinocereus pectinatus
subsp. rutowiorum, W.Blum
Echinocereus pectinatus subsp. wenigeri, W.Blum & Rutow.

This member of the Cactaceae family was first described by Georg Engelmann in 1848. It's found in the southern part of North America and Mexico, rowing in grit with little water an lots of sun. It will grow to a diameter of 5 centimetres and a high of 20 centimetres. The flower is, as shown, pink. I found it at Box Hill, Australia 2002.

It seems to grow fine in winter!
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • SubFamily: Cactoideae
  • Tribe: Pachycereeae