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Ferocactus echidne

Ferocactus echidne (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Cactoideae
Tribus: Cacteae
Genus: Ferocactus
Sectio: F. sect. Bisnaga
Species: Ferocactus echidne

Ferocactus echidne (DC.) Britton & Rose

Echinocactus dolichacanthus Lem.
Echinocactus dolichacanthus var. minor Lem.
Echinocactus echidne DC.
Echinocactus echidne f. gilvus (A.Dietr.) K.Schum.
Echinocactus echidne var. gilvus (A.Dietr.) Salm-Dyck
Echinocactus gilvus A.Dietr.
Echinocactus rafaelensis J.A.Purpus
Echinocactus vanderaeyi Lem.
Echinocactus victoriensis Rose
Echinofossulocactus echidne (DC.) Lawr.
Echinofossulocactus vanderaeyi (Lem.) Lawr.
Ferocactus echidne var. rhodanthus G.Unger
Ferocactus echidne var. victoriensis (Rose) G.E.Linds.
Ferocactus rafaelensis (J.A.Purpus) Borg
Ferocactus victoriensis (Rose) Backeb.
Parrycactus echidne (DC.) Doweld

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Britton, N.L. & Rose, J.N. 1922. The Cactaceae. Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family. Vol. 3. 255 pp. + 23 pl. Carnegie Institution of Washington. BHL PDF Reference page. : 136

Additional references

Villaseñor, J.L. 2016. Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559–902. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmb.2016.06.017 Online PDF Reference page.
Govaerts, R.H.A. 2001. World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919. [unavailable to the public] Reference page.
Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A. , Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Müller, A., Metzing, D., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2021. Cactaceae at Caryophyllales. org–a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. Willdenowia 51(2): 251–270. DOI: 10.3372/wi.51.51208 Open access Reference page.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2021. Ferocactus echidne in Cactaceae at Caryophyllales.org. A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Nov 15. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Ferocactus echidne in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 14. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Ferocactus echidne. Published online. Accessed: Mar 14 2021.
Tropicos.org 2021. Ferocactus echidne. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Mar 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Ferocactus echidne. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 14. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: Sonora barrel

Ferocactus echidne is a barrel cactus in the genus Ferocactus. It is found in nature in Mexico. This cactus is known commonly as Sonora barrel, Coville's barrel cactus, Emory's barrel cactus, and traveler's friend.

Alternatively it has been assigned the binomials Echinocactus emoryi, Ferocactus rectispinus, and Ferocactus covillei.

This plant is often sold as a houseplant.

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