- n Echinocereus large genus of low-growing shrubby ribbed cacti of Mexico and southwestern United States
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- n echinocereus A large genus of globular or columnar cacti, very closely allied to Cereus, with which some authors unite it. It is distinguished by the spines, bristles, or wool arising from the bracteate ovary, short funnel-shaped flowers, and spiny globose or elliptical fruit. The species are native from Texas south and west. Some of them are usually found in the collections of cactus cultivators.