Taxon  Report   2877 
Echinocactus polycephalus  Engelm. & J. Bigelow  var. polycephalus 
Cottontop,  Niggerheads  (seldom used historical name, derogatory), barrel cactus, cottontop cactus
Echinocactus polycephalus var. polycephalus, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Echinocactus polycephalus var. polycephalus
© 2013 Neal Kramer
Echinocactus polycephalus var. polycephalus
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Echinocactus polycephalus var. polycephalus
© 2012 Steve Matson
Creosote Bush Scrub
Genus: Echinocactus
Parent Record Echinocactus polycephalus.
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Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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Jepson eFlora (TJM2)

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation. on the International Plants Names Index

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2015. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Apr 01, 2015).

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