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Echinocactus grusonii

English name: Golden barrel cactus

Latin name: Echinocactus grusonii

Family: Cactus - Cactaceae

Origin: Mexico

Popularly known as “mother-in-law’s cushion”, this spherical cactus can reach a height of one metre and a diameter of 40 to 80 centimetres. It is light green, with 20 to 35 ribs sharply by with small areoles with a felt-like cover, which in turn produce long, golden-yellow  spines (3 to 5 cm.). During the day in summer, there are bright yellow  flowers 4 to 6 cm. long. The plant blooms in old age.

Echinocactus grusonii