Sneed's Pincushion Cactus (Escobaria sneedii var. sneedii)
- Other Names
- Sneed's Cory Cactus, Carpet Foxtail Cactus, Sneed's Carpet Escobaria
- Texas Status
- U.S. Status
- Endangered, Listed 11/07/1979
- The name "pincushion" is quite descriptive of this plant. The numerous stems are almost completely hidden by the hundreds of small white spines (the "pins"). The "cushion" is the mound formed by the clumps of stems. The other part of the common name comes from the man who first collected the species, J. R. Sneed.
- Life History
- This cactus blooms from April - September, producing fruit that ripens from June-November.
- It lives in grasslands or lechuguilla-sotol shrublands on limestone outcrops and rocky slopes of mountains within the Chihuahuan Desert.
- Sneed's pincushion cactus is found in El Paso County in Texas, mainly in the Franklin Mountains. It is also distributed in southern New Mexico.