This is the short spined form of
E. davisii. It is very
beautiful and still rare in cultivation.
This is the rare and
beautiful short spined form of E. davisii. This
plant has an unique and unmistakable appearance and is considered by
many among the nicest cactus cultivars.
The standard E. davisii is the
tiniest Echinocereus species, plants are extremely diminutive and mostly
(geophytes), usually do not
epidermis up to 1-2
cm in high and
1-3 cm in diameter
specimens can grow bigger).
areoles contain 8-14 spines, usually
radial, pectinated, short but stout fang like, white whit a dark contrasting tip.
2-4 mm long.
in young plant became
tuberous in age.
whit a green
up to 2 cm across, (buds acute, reddish and yellow-greenish).
fruiting occur on 3 to 4 year-old plants.
Blooming period in cultivation is March-April.
A plant in flower form
Robert Maijer collection.
Buds show a
crown of short yellowish spines.
spines are short, stout and white
with a dark
red or black tip.
A.D. Houghton 1931
in: Cact. & Succ. J (U.S.) 2: 466(1931)
This is the short spined
E. davisii. It is
very beautiful and still rare in cultivation.
Garden origin (Nursery
The standard species comes from a single
occurs in west Texas, (Brewster Co., Marathon)
Grows in flat hills on a specific
substrate (rich in
sand) in a
at an elevation of 1,200 m Sometimes plants in
viridiflorus var. davisii
Houghton) W. T. Marshall in
Marshall & Bock.
Cactaceae: 119 (1941);
- Echinocereus viridiflorus
davisii (A. D.
In: Kat. ZSS, 2a ed.: 51 (1967);
- Echinocereus chloranthus var.
In Kakteen: 156, fig. 154 (1984) nomen invalidum (CINB,
art. 33.2); c
- Eechinocereus viridiflorus ssp. davisii (A. D. Houghton) N. P. Taylor
In Hunt. Cact.Cons. Init.
3: 10 (1997).
are yellow-green .
A small (2,5 cm) plant grafted on
grafting technique greatly enhances the production of flowers!
Cultivation: In culture E. davisii is without
problems but very slow growing and regularly shows its small green
flowers if we provide an adequate winter rest period. It is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs
good drainage, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun;
Very cold resistant hardy to -18° C or less for
short periods of time.
Propagation: Grafting, cuttings.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Echinopsis davisii.