Escobaria Britton & Rose (1923)

(Cochiseia, Escobesseya, Escocoryphantha, Fobea, Neobesseya)
named after the brothers Rómulo and Numa Escobar from Mexico City and Juárez, to honor their work,
tubercle cactus, globular to cylindrical, small, with a furrow on the tubercles, clumping
radial spines mostly bristly, white, yellow or with a dark tip
central spine absent or only somewhat stronger and darker
flowers small at the apex, white, yellow, pink or purple
fruits red; seeds black

Highslide JS


northern to central Mexico
warm arid areas

Growth period

full sun exposure and a warm location, the hottest and sunniest spot is the best, only then will they blooming
somewhat sensitive to too moisture, but constant slightly moisture, a watering rest in high summer is recommendable
keep the root neck dry
generate humidity by spraying in the evening hours

Winter period

dry and bright at a minimum of 39–50°F (4–10°C)


very permeable to water, minerally, gritty and gravelly
Escobaria leei Rose ex Boedecker (1933)
Highslide JS
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New Mexico - Eddy County, Guadalupe Mountains


named after Mr. Lee
small, only 0.6 in (1.5 cm) high, about 0.2 in (0.5 cm) Ø, clumping
numerous spines, to 1.2 in (3 cm) long, white
spines backward bent and directed to the plant, primarily at young plants
flowers brownish pink


Escobaria leei is with rain protection to about -4 F (- 20°C) cold hardy.

Coryphantha sneedi var. leei (Rose ex Boedecker) L. D. Benson (1969)
Mammillaria leei
(Rose ex Boedecker) Weniger (1970) (nom. inval.)
Escobaria sneedi var. leei (Rose ex Boedecker) D. R. Hunt (1978)
Escobaria sneedi ssp. leei (Rose ex Boedecker) D. R. Hunt (1997)

CITES Appendix II since 01. July 1975; Appendix I since 29. July 1983
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.