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Engleman Hedgehog Cactus
Strawberry Hedgehog

Echinocereus engelmannii

Engelmann Hedgehog, Echinocereus engelmannii, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Cave Creek, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. April 10, 2004. The dark green shrub with yellow flowers at left rear is Creosote Bush.

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SUCCULENT: Grows in clumps of several to more than 50 stems about 7 cm in dia, with about a dozen ribs and up to ½ m tall

SPINES: Many, long, bristling spines.

FRUIT: Spiny red fruit, pear-shaped and about 5 cm long matures by late spring or early summer. Curve-billed Thrashers with their long beaks can reach past the spines to eat the fruit and then disperse the seeds in their droppings.

Fruit of Echinocereus engelmannii photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Telegraph Pass, South Mountains, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 31 May 2010.

RANGE: common on rocky slopes, less common on desert flats throughout the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona and also into the Mojave Desert.

FLOWERS: Bright magenta to purple flowers are stunning & appear mid to late spring.

Cactaceae -- Cactus Family

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