Escobara emskoetteriana Quehl Borg 1937

big nipple cactus, junior tom thumb cactus Mammillaria emskoetteriana Quehl 1910, Coryphantha emskoetteriana (Quehl) A. Berger 1929 Escobaría bella Britton & Rose 1923 Escobaría runyonii Britton & Rose 1923 Coryphantha muehlbaueriana Boedeker 1930, Neobesseya muehlbaueriana (Boedeker) Boedeker 1933, Escobaría muehlbaueriana (Boedeker) F. M. Knuth 1936

Plants often branching and growing in clusters to 10 cm (3.9 in) high. Stems globose to short cylindrical, 5-12 cm (2-4.7 in) high, 2-2.5 cm (0.8-1 in) in diameter. Tubercles 6-10 mm (0.2-0.4 in) long, often not persistent. Central spines 5-8, often appearing as radials, yellow with dark tips, straight, to 12 mm (0.5 in) long. Radial spines 20-30, white, straight, spreading irregularly, to 10 mm (0.4 in) long. Flowers dirty white to lavender to pale purple, 2-2.5 cm (0.8-1 in) long and in di-

Escobaria duncanii

ameter. Fruits globose to ellipsoidal, red, 6-9 mm (0.2-0.4 in) in diameter. Distribution: plain of the Rio Grande of west Texas, into adjacent Coahuila and Tamaulipas, Mexico.

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