Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Mammillaria barbata Engelmann
(Green Fish-hook Cactus, Nipple Cactus)
Mammillaria chavezei Cowper
Mammillaria orestera L. Benson
Mammillaria viridiflora (Britton & Rose) Boedeker
Mammillaria barbata is a small fish hook cactus that lives among rocky outcroppings in
canyons. The flower color is variable from green to salmon colored. The density of Mammillaria
barbata is not high even within the best habitat areas. It is found in middle elevations.
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Mammillaria barbata, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Miller Canyon, May 13, 2005
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