Mexican Fire Barrel


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Ferocactus stainesii

These are a generally solitary barrel from Durango, although we have seen some mature specimens forming a small cluster. My copy of Anderson’s The Cactus Family tells me that this plant is more properly called Ferocactus pilosus. Why didn’t anyone tell me?!?!@ On the other hand some have been known to call this one Ferocactus pringlei. So many names!

Now I am embarrassed.

Do you know why they call it a Fire Barrel? I can only guess.


    
    
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