Escobaria vivipara - photos and description

 

Very showy reddish-pink blooms with yellow centres. Flowers to 4 cm diameter, scented, close in the evening. The stem is is succulent, and globular in shape. The leaves have been reduced to sharp spines. Plants appear singly, or in clumps of many plants.

Common, found on dry soil, often on eroded hillsides.

Height listed in Budd's Flora from 3 to 20 (!) cm. We've measured plants to 4 cm tall.

Synonyms: listed in some of the guides we use as Mamillaria vivipara, and as, Coryphantha vivipara.

Took the above photos June 19th top of butte, West Block of Grasslands National Park, 400 km southwest of Regina, and June 19th, on a small prairie hilltop in the Buffalo Grass Eco Reserve, 200 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.