By Del Weniger
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Stems genus Echinocereus 23 Echinocereus chloranthus var. chloranthus. Young plant (left); mature plant, 4 inches tall (right). Echinocereus chloranthus var. ) As the species, except grows to only 8 in. As the species, except areoles 3/8 in. apart. spines As the species, except always spiny, never hairy; 12—23 radials, 3—6 centrals. flowers As the species. fruits As the species. range Extreme southern New Mexico, into El Paso and Hudspeth counties, Texas, on into Mexico. remarks Typical form of species; restricted range.
Spines All very slender, somewhat flexible; 30—45 bristlelike radial spines, very crowded, interlocking with adjacent areoles; tuft of small ones at upper edge of areole, 3/16—1/4 in. long; laterals longer, lower ones 1/2—5/8 in. long; white or straw-colored; 7—12 centrals spreading in all directions from bulbous bases, upper ones small; slender flexible lower ones 3/4—11/4 in. long; centrals with tip, upper half, or whole spine reddish or purplish. flowers 1 in. long, funnel-shaped, opening to only 1/2 in.
Flowers Very large, 3-colored, 3—5 in. tall and broad; outer half or less of each oblong, broad, blunt petal lavender-pink; white below extending to narrow bases of green petals; whitish stigma; 9—12 large, dark green stigma lobes; ovary surface with some short white wool, 6—18 rigid spines, white or white with dark brown tips, to 3/8 in. long. fruits Spherical, 1 in. diameter; fleshy at first, then bronze or brown until dry and split. range Local form of Mexican species; narrow band between Del Rio and Sanderson, Texas, along Rio Grande.
Cacti of Texas, Neighboring States by Del Weniger