Echinocactus polycephalus

Height: 2'

Stem: 10" wide and cylindrical. It has 13 to 21 ribs. The top spines are flat and reddish or pink in color with grey fealty hair on them. They are 3" long and clustered in 4 with the lowest spine curving downward. The other spines are 1 3/4" long and clustered in 6 spines. The Cottontop is often found in dense clusters of up to 30.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom February to March. The flower is yellow streaked with pink and is 2" wide at the top. The fruit is 1" long and covered densely with white, woolly hairs.

Form/Habitat: Rocky or gravely slopes 100 to 2,500'.

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