Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

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Illustration of Echinocactus grusonii by Ingrid Finnan

Species: Echinocactus grusonii
Common Name: Golden barrel cactus
Status: Critically Endangered, IUCN Red List
Range: Mexico

Map of Mexico illustrating the range of Echinocactus grusonii

Artist: Ingrid Finnan
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Oil on paper

Only about 250 plants of this Mexican cactus, which grows on volcanic rock, remain in the wild. It is, however, one of the most widely cultivated cacti, found around the world in greenhouses and gardens.

A specimen of Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Echinocactus grusonii