Cacti ID please

borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)December 15, 2005

I have had this one for two years. No idea what it is. I think it is getting ready to flower. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated.

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steve_nz

It's a Ferocactus, maybe latispinus with those thick broad spines, although some other Feros also have heavy spination.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2005 at 11:01PM
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cactuspolecat(Tasmania Aust)

Hello Borrego, I believe it's a Fero latispinus also, it looks quite small to be flowering. Very nice little plant.

CP

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 6:39AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

F. latispinus flowers when still small. Was it Peyton just posted one covered in flowers? I've read that F. latispinus flowers youngest out of all the Feros.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 7:02AM
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ariole(z7DE)

This must be the season for latispinus buds/flowers - but no flowers yet in slower lower Delaware. Only little bity buds on mine that will be months before blooming, provided they don't abort.

That's a nice plant. Please post the flower.

Al

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 7:18AM
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alealdo(z8 Torino-Italy)

Also F. hamatacanthus flowers when very young, probably younger than latispinus.

Alessandro

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 8:06AM
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cactusjordi(z10 CA)

Alfonso,

You are right. Maybe that is one of the reasons it had been called Hamatocactus hamatocanthus for decades until recently.
I never will accept that species in genus Ferocactus. I hope that doesn't restart WS' and S'nB's comments.

Jordi

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 11:56AM
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tequila

Hi Jordi, both Alfonso and Alessandro begin with "A", but Mexico and Italy are very far away.
Saludos
Alfonso

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 12:08PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Lump or split, Jordi, I don't mind. I just try to keep up with all the names (all the one's from this century anyway!) so that I can communicate clearly. Don't worry about WS, we argue even when we agree, you'll get used to it :)

So what do you like to call the other famous Hamatocactus, H. setispinus? Not Thelocactus surely, and obviously not Ferocactus?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 2:38PM
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cactuspolecat(Tasmania Aust)

My Fero. latispinus is only a couple of years or so old at only 30mm so in diameter, maybe it'll flower then in a year or so, I've never had a fero flower yet, my larger two plants, (F. platycanthus and F. robustus) are probably a bit young yet.

CP

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 4:51AM
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baci(z10Ca)

Any chance this is a native? There are a couple that look quite similar.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 5:36AM
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