Ferocactus hamatacanthus - Cacti and Succulents

Ferocactus hamatacanthus

Mexican Fruit Cactus, Texas Barrel, Turk's Head Barrel, Biznaga de Tuna

Origin and Habitat: Southern Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
Altitude: 700-200 metres above sea level.
Habitat: Plants occur mainly in the Chihuahuan Desert from the lowest desert up to the wooded mountains in the limestone mesas and alluvial valleys, often among shrubs and in crevices of rocks.
Watering: Requires careful watering to keep plant compact. Water sparingly from March till October, the thin, fibrous roots suffer if there is humidity, therefore the plant should be watered only when the surrounding terrain is dry. Keep dry as soon as the temperature starts dropping in October and keep it perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees centigrade.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Cacti

Blooms: July 2020

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Ferocactus
Species: F. hamatacanthus

Ferocactus hamatacanthus is widespread in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northwestern Mexico, New Mexico, and Southwestern Texas.

                         – Wikipedia.

Comment on this plant

The identifications on these pages are tentative

I would appreciate any corrections