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)

Family: Cactaceae

Status: Native

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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