Fendler's Hedgehog Cactus blossom, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, April 29, 2016

Abstract Magenta

Fendler's Hedgehog Cactus, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

April 29, 2016

Abstract Magenta

This little Fendler's Hedgehog Cactus with it's showy outsized magenta blossom caught my eye today and I just couldn't resist messing with it a bit in Lightroom.

Fendler's Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus fendleri is a species of cactus known by the common names pinkflower hedgehog cactus and Fendler's hedgehog cactus. It grows in deserts and woodlands in the Southwestern United States and Northeastern Mexico and is most common in New Mexico.

Echinocereus fendleri has an erect oval or cylindrical stem, sometimes forming a clump of several spreading stem branches. The stem may reach 7.5 to 30 centimeters in maximum height. There are up to 16 spines per areole, generally in shades of brown and white, or white with a brown stripe.

The showy flower is most any shade of pink, from nearly white to deep maroon. It can be 11 centimeters long and wide, each tepal measuring up to 7 centimeters long. The fruit is red and a few centimeters long.

The flesh of the plant is edible, and Native American groups consumed the stems and fruits.

One variety of this species, Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri, Kuenzler's hedgehog cactus, is rare and federally listed as an endangered species of the United States. When it was listed in 1979, there were only 200 known individuals of this variety remaining, all in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. It was threatened with extinction by poachers, who removed many plants from the wild.