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Brain Cactus
Scientific Name: Stenocactus multicostatus (Hildmann ex K. Schumann) Berger
Synonym: Efossus lloydii, Echinofossulocactus multicostatus, Echinofossulocactus erectocentrus, Echinofossulocactus multicostatus, Echinocactus lloydii, Brittonrosea lloydii, Stenocactus lloydii, Echinofossulocactus lloydii, Efossus multicostatus, Brittonrosea multicostata, Echinofossulocactus multicostatus, Echinocactus multicostatus
Family: Cactaceae
Brain Cactus (Stenocactus  multicostatus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20 to 25F (-6 to -4C) depending on the form

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix in summer

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila: Saltillo, Chihuahua, Durango)

Growth Habits: Solitary, up to 2.5 inches tall (6 cm), 2.4 to 4 inches wide (6-10 cm); 110 to 120 very thin ribs; 6 to 9 spines, the areole upper ones are wider, papery, 1.6 to 3.2 inches long (4-8 cm), the lower ones 0.2 to 0.6 inch long (5-15 mm)

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Seeds

Blooming Habits:
White flowers, 0.8 to 2 inches in diameter (2-5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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