Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Echinocereus coccineus, Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus

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Scientific Name: Echinocereus coccineus
Common Name: Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus
Also Called: Claret-cup Cactus, Kingcup Cactus, Gurney's Hedgehog Cactus and Arizona Hedgehog Cactus
Family:Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. melanacanthus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. octacanthus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. paucispinus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. polyacanthus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. toroweapensis)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
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Growth Form: Shrub;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines emerging from areoles, lacking glochids.
Flower Color: Red, crimson, scarlet rarely orange-red or rose-pink;
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Recorded Range: In the United States Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus is found in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OK, NM and TX. In Arizona Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus is found throughout most of the state with few or no records for the southwestern part of the state.

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Genus Information: 27 species in Echinocereus in the United States and Canada. 13 species in Arizona.
4 varieties in Echinocereus coccineus:
Echinocereus coccineus var. arizonicus, Arizona Hedgehog Cactus (AZ only);
Echinocereus coccineus var. coccineus, Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus (range above);
Echinocereus coccineus var. gurneyi, Gurney's Hedgehog Cactus (NM, TX) and
Echinocereus coccineus var. paucispinus, Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus (TX only)

Comments: Complete profile to follow.

References: Completed; 06/05/2015, rev. 07/21/2015
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/.