Scientific name: Ferocactus tiburonensis (G.E.Linds.)
Origin: Mexico Gulf of California, Sonora:
Isla Tiburón (Tiburon Island), and possibly on the nearby mainland.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Common name: Fishhook
Barrel Cactus, Tiburon Barrel Cactus
Synonym: Ferocactus wislizenii v. tiburonensis G.E. Linds. 1955
Description: Barrel shaped, solitary, up to to 1 m tall, 35 cm
in diameter; about 21 ribs; 4 central spines in cross, the lowest one
longer and flattened; awl shaped radials.
Infundibuliform, 6 cm long, 5 cm in diameter the colour is always
orange-yellow or reddish midribs. Blooming time April and May (on Tiburon Island). The fruit is
fleshy, yellowish green.
tiburonensis (G. E. Lindsay) along whit the
(J. G. Ortega) are often cited as varieties of
by some botanists.
Cultivation: Sun Exposure: Full sun,
Use very draining soil,
water during the aestival growth
cycle (this plant need plenty of water) But needs to be avoided
wetting the bodies of these plants while they are in sunlight. A wet
cactus in the sun light can cause sun burning which can lead to scares
or even fungal infections and death.
Needs full sun. Keep dry at 10°C in winter,
but can tolerate sporadic light frost.
Propagation: Seeds are the only
way of reproducing.
Photo of conspecific taxa,
varieties, forms and cultivars of
plants belonging to the Ferocactus peninsulae/wislizenii
Taxon has various synonyms ( like many other cacti)
whit several controversial varieties and subspecies and comprises a
multitude of different forms, but where each form is linked to others by
populations of plants with intermediate characteristics):