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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin



Strawberry Cactus   Echinocereus stramineus    
Cactus family — Cactaceae

Also known as:
Spine-mound, Pitaya

Slides: (click for larger view)

 

Lovers of the Big Bend country know the strawberry cactus. The "mound" can be composed of 100 or more cylindrical stems and is an impressive display in self-defense. The showy flowers transform it into a dazzling floral display, usually in April. These then give rise to fruits that are the desert epicure's quest and delight.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)

 
 
 

Flowering Months: April, May, June, July

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