Ferocactus gracilis H. E. Gates 1933
Ferocactus coloratus H. E. Gates 1933
Ferocactus gracilis var. coloratus (H. E. Gates) G. E. Lindsay 1955
Ferocactus gracilis subsp. coloratus (H. E. Gates) N. P. Taylor 1998
Ferocactus viscainensis H. E. Gates 1933
Ferocactus peninsulae var. viscainensis (H. E. Gates) G. E. Lindsay 1955
Ferocactus gatesii G. E. Lindsay 1955
Ferocactus gracilis subsp. gatesii (G. E. Lindsay) N. P. Taylor 1998
Baja fire barrel, fire barrel cactus, fishhook cactus, biznaga colorada
This species is found only in Baja California, Mexico. A subspecies, Ferocactus gracilis ssp. gatesii, is found only on islands in the mouth of Bahia de los Angelas in the Gulf of California near the southern tip of Baja California.
Identification: Plants are singular, globe-shaped or cylindrical, up to 5' (1.5 m) high and 12" (30 cm) in diameter. The spine groups are a little complicated. Each group consists of a set of small white radial spines, nearly flat against the cactus, emanating like spokes on a wheel from the areole. Above this are larger, more haphazardly oriented central spines. The central spines are reddish with yellow tips, dominated by four large spines up to 2½" (7 cm) long, at right angles to each other. 3-9 smaller central spines are also present. The central spines are flattened, often curved near the tips, and minutely ridged. Flowers are funnel-shaped, red, 1½" (4 cm) × 1¼" (3.5 cm).
Ferocactus gracilis on CalPhotos
Ferocactus gracilis on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents
Ferocactus gracilis on CactiGuide.com
Ferocactus gracilis at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Ferocactus gracilis on Desert-tropicals.com
Ferocactus gracilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 9b-11: