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Ferocactus recurvus (Mill.) Borg
Cacti (Borg) 231. 1937

Accepted Scientific Name: Ferocactus latispinus subs. spiralis (Karw. ex Pfeiff.) N.P.Taylor
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 5: 13. 1998

Ferocactus recurvus Photo by: Amante Darmanin
Zapotitlan De Las Salinas, Puebla.


See all synonyms of Ferocactus latispinus
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Ferocactus latispinus Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 143. 1922 [12 Oct 1922]
Synonymy: 26 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Ferocactus latispinus subs. spiralis (Karw. ex Pfeiff.) N.P.Taylor
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 5: 13. 1998
Synonymy: 15

Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Crow's Claw Cactus, Devil's Tongue Barrel

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Ferocactus latispinus group

  • Ferocactus cornigerus (DC.): Ferocactus corniger and Ferocactus latispinus are synonyms although the wide variety of features in the same species makes it possible to find plants with certain superficial dissimilarities.
  • Ferocactus latispinus Britton & Rose: has hemispherical or flat-topped stems, with 4 large red or grey-red central spines of which the lowest one is conspicuously wider, flat, hooked up to 4 cm long. Distribution: central and southern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and south)
  • Ferocactus latispinus var. flavispinus (Haage ex C.F.Först.) Backeb. & F.M.Knuth: The plants are identical in shape to the standard species but the spines are all yellow.
  • Ferocactus latispinus var. flavispinus f. cristatus hort.: It is a strong crested cactus with yellow spines.
  • Ferocactus latispinus var. greenwoodii (Glass) N.P.Taylor: has ball-shaped or flat-topped stems, with less curved to nearly terete central spines and only 4-5 radial spines. Distribution: between Oaxaca city and Tehuantepec in the valleys of Totolapan and Nejapa.
  • Ferocactus latispinus subs. spiralis (Karw. ex Pfeiff.) N.P.Taylor: has pherical to elongate stems occasionally up to 1 metre tall and 5 to 7 stout radial spines. Distribution: endemic to southern Puebla and southern Oaxaca.
  • Ferocactus recurvus (Mill.) Borg: (is a rejected name for Ferocactus latispinus var. spiralis) has pale pink flowers, with a deep almost maroon-pink throat.

13254 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
- A young specimen. Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
22676 raffa Raffa C. Garcia
Ferocactus recurvus Photo by: Raffa C. Garcia

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