What is the plant
Echinocactus texensis is a cactus in the subfamily Cactoideae. Echinocactus texensis is widespread and common in Texas, southeastern New Mexico, and Oklahoma (USA). It occurs also in northeastern Mexico.
Echinocactus texensis, best known in cultivation as Homalocephala texensis, is a stout barrel cactus, which is solitary when young, very rarely slowly clustering in age. Its stem is pale grey-green (desert populations) to grass green (eastern populations) with numerous ribs , above-ground portion flat-topped, hemispheric in old age but usually deep-seated, flush with soil surface 30 cm in diameter, 20 cm high. Common names of Echinocactus texensis include Horse-crippler (for the heavily spines that lies low to the ground, a hazard to horses), Devil’s-head, Candy Cactus (for the edible and tasty red fruit used to make a candy), Devil’s Pin Cushion, Horse Crippler and Devil's Pincushion.
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