Echinocactus Grusonii

by Mikkal Noptek November. 02, 2013 3915 views

October 24, 2013

Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball or, amusingly, Mother-in-Law's Cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

It is rare and critically endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft).

Growing as a large roughly spherical globe, Echinocactus grusonii may eventually reach over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height after many years. Younger Golden Barrel plants do not look similar to mature specimens. The generation lifetime is estimated to be 30 years.

There may be up to 35 pronounced ribs in mature plants, though they are not evident in young plants, which may have a knobbly appearance. The sharp spines are long, straight or slightly curved, and various shades of yellow or, occasionally, white its a plant.

Small yellow flowers appear in summer around the crown of the plant, but only after twenty years or so.

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Agnes Felber 6 years ago

Great captures!

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Finbarr 6 years ago

Super captures!

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Darlene Foster 6 years ago

Pretty to look at, difficult to handle!

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Josy 6 years ago

Epoustouflants coussins de belle-mère... Comme le dit marilynx ne vous asseyez pas dessus ;)

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years ago

Don't sit on it!

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