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Mojave Fishhook Cactus
Sclerocactus polyancistrus
About Mojave Fishhook Cactus (Sclerocactus polyancistrus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sclerocactus polyancistrus is a species of cactus known by several common names, including redspined fishhook cactus, Mojave fishhook cactus, pineapple cactus, and hermit cactus. Sclerocactus polyancistrus is native to the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southern Nevada. It grows in desert scrub, woodlands, and canyons, often on limestone stubstrate. The Sclerocactus polyancistrus cactus has a cylindrical stem up to 25 centimeters tall by 8 wide. They may grow in clusters. The cactus is densely spiny, each areole has several reddish or white central spines with hooked tips and several more white spines around the edge. The fragrant flower is up to 10 centimeters wide and may be most any shade of pink or red-violet. The scaly, fleshy fruit is 2 or 3 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

9.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple, Red

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.6" - 11.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.49" - 2.09", Coldest Month: 30.3" - 52.3", Hottest Month: 57.7" - 81.9", Humidity: 2.55" - 34.40", Elevation: 1917" - 7682"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pineapple Cactus, Redspined Fishhook Cactus

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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