Plants mostly solitary, sometimes many-stemmed. Stems globose to somewhat elongate, 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) high, 4-10 cm (1.6-3.9 in) in diameter. Tubercles cylindrical, to 10 mm (0.4 in) long with the groove running the entire length of the upper surface. Central spines 17, white with brown tips, thick, 8-14 mm (0.3-0.6 in) long. Radial spines 36, white, slender and sometimes bristle-like, 7-12 mm (0.3-0.5 in) long. Flowers pale yellow, cream, or pink, to 2.5 cm (1 in) long. Fruits green, 1.5 cm (0.6 in) long. Distribution: Guadalupe Mountains, Culberson County, Texas.
Escobaría hesteri (Y.Wright) Buxbaum 1951 Coryphantha hesteri Y. Wright 1932
Plants many-stemmed, often branching and forming mounds. Stems oval to globose, 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in) high, 2.53.5 cm (1—1.4 in) in diameter. Tubercles wide and promi nent, 7-12 mm (0.3-0.5 in) long. Central spines 1-4, white, resembling radials, to 15 mm (0.6 in) long. Radial spines 1222, white, 7-15 mm (0.3-0.6 in) long. Flowers pale pink to light purple, to 2.3 cm (0.9 in) long and 1.5 cm (0.6 in) in diameter. Distribution: Brewster County, Texas.
Escobaría laredoi (Glass &R. Foster) N. P. Taylor 1979 Coryphantha laredoiGlass & R. Foster 1978 Escobaría rígida Backeberg 1961, notvalidly published
Plants many-stemmed, often forming large, compact clusters. Stems globose to somewhat elongate, 4-4.5 cm (1.6-1.8 in) in diameter. Tubercles ascending, 10-12 mm (0.4-0.5 in) long with a groove to the base. Central spines 4-5, spreading to ascending, heavy, stiff, straight, white, 11-14 mm (0.4-0.6 in) long. Radial spines about 33, radiating, unequal in length, stiff, straight to curved, white, 6-12 mm (0.2-0.5 in) long. Flowers opening widely, reddish lavender to magenta, 1.51.7 cm (0.6-0.7 in) long, 0.8-1 cm (0.3-0.4 in) in diameter. Fruits pinkish lavender to pale green, 1.2-1.4 cm (0.5-0.6 in) long, sometimes with a few vestigial scales. Distribution: southeastern Coahuila, Mexico.
Escobaría lloydíí Britton & Rose 1923
Plants many-stemmed, often forming clumps. Central spines several, stout, to 20 mm (0.8 in) long. Radial spines about 20, radiating, slender, white. Flowers greenish, 2.5 cm (1 in) long. Fruits globose, red, 6-12 mm (0.2-0.5 in) long. Distribution: Zacatecas, Mexico. Escobaría lloydii is poorly known and its affinities are unclear; it is provisionally retained in Escobaría.
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