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Barrel cactus

Despite being one of the most popular cacti in cultivation, it is rare and critically endangered in the wild.

A barrel cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, characterized by being approximately barrel-shaped. Barrel cacti are classified into the two genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus, both of which are found in the Southwest Desert of North America. Their pineapple-shaped fruits can be easily removed but are not recommended for eating. The barrel cactus may reach over a meter in height. Its ribs are numerous and pronounced and the spines are long and yellow. More

barrel cactus, candy barrel cactus, and Southwestern barrel cactus, is a cylindrical barrel-shaped cactus. More

Younger plants of this barrel cactus have colored spines and often a purple hue. This barrel cactus has very few spines that are strongly crosshatched ridges. The very long central spines are only slightly flat and not hooked. More