The Succulent Garden at
Cal State Bakersfield
Ferocactus emoryi (Englem.) Orcutt ssp. rectispinus (Englem.) N.P. Taylor

This cactus with the long name also has the longest spines of any of the barrel types. It is sometimes called “long-spined barrel cactus” but there doesn't seem to be any accepted common name. It grows on the Baja California peninsula right about in the middle, on the gulf side. Mature specimens can reach just over 4 feet and the flowers are large and light yellow. The most distinctive aspect of this barrel cactus is the central spine which can reach as long as 10 inches and gives this plant a rather menacing look.

We have three of the Long-Spined Barrel Cacti in the garden. One was donated by Rob Skillin in 2002 and the others were grown from seed by Stephen Cooley in 1996 and later transplanted to the garden. All have done very well, surviving without trouble both the intense sun and heat as well as frost down to the low 20'sF.

Stephen Cooley


Ferocactus emoryi rectispinus
photo taken 15 July 2005 by Stephen Cooley

Ferocactus emoryi rectispinus
photo taken 01 November 2007 by Stephen Cooley

Ferocactus emoryi rectispinus
photo taken 12 November 2009 by Stephen Cooley

Ferocactus emoryi rectispinus
photo taken 20 May 2011 by Stephen Cooley
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