By George Engelmann
This historical publication could have various typos and lacking textual content. buyers can obtain a unfastened scanned reproduction of the unique ebook (without typos) from the writer. now not listed. no longer illustrated. 1858 Excerpt: ...E., var.? Rigidissimus: ovato-cylindricus; costis 20-22 interruptis; areolis lineari-lanceolatis confertissimis, junioribus parce lanosis; aculeis omnibus radiantibus arete adpressis subrecurvis e basi bulbosa subulatis acutissimis rigidissimis albidis flavidis rubellisve subpellucidis, lateralibus 12-16 longioribus robustioribus, infimo singulo vix breviore, 8uperioribus 3-6 setaceis brevibus fasciculatis; floribus sub vertice lateralibus; ovarii pulvillis 50-60 aculeolos 8-12 rigidos gerentibus; sepalis tubi forty inferioribus subulatis advert axillam aculeiferis, superioribus 20 lanceolatis acuminatis; petalis sub-20 spathulatis acutiusculis incisota-dentatis purpureis; stigmatibus sub-12; bacca ovato-globosa aculeolata; seniinibus tuberculatis. within the Sierras of Pimeria Alta in Sonom, and farther west, A. Schott: fl. June and July.--Stems 4-8 inches excessive, 2 inches in diameter; areolae 2-2 traces lengthy within the higher full-grown specimens, three or four inside of one inch of the rib; in a small specimen, with in basic terms 15 ribs, smaller areolae and smaller and extra a number of spines (30-35, in basic terms 1-1 line long); 12 or extra bunches of spines are crowded in the related house. Spines all radiating and interlocking, tremendous inflexible and acute, variegated, the newest ones of every season being rose-colored, and the earliest ones a light yellowish, hence forming variegated earrings round the stem. Lateral spines 3-4 traces lengthy, reduce one 2 strains lengthy, top ones nonetheless shorter. plants close to the depressed vertex, simply at the periphery of the rounded most sensible, 2-3 inches lengthy, shiny purple, or red. Fruit subglobose, approximately an inch lengthy, pulpy and suitable for eating; the fleshy a part of the stem is additionally eaten by way of the population, who name this plant "Cabeza del Viejo." Seed (not particularly ripe) 6 traces long,...
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