Echinocereus scheeri Origin and Habitat: Described from cultivated material. TL: Unknown [received from Hummel in 1937 without location noted, but probably from Sonora, Mexico
Echinocereus scheeri Description: Echinocereus scheeri subsp. gentryi cv. Cucumis is a odd looking dangling cactus with curious naked, cucumber-like stems. It is scarcely distinct from the type of var. gentryi, but “gentryi” sometime has very short spines, while “Cucumis” is always spineless.
Habitat: It is a caespitose, pendulous, or decumbent plant. Old plants may have 13 or 20 stems and are quite large and heavy.
Stems: 30-60 cm long, but occasionally as long as 1 metre, the old parts coriaceous.
Ribs: 4 to 5 rounded not tuberculate.
Areoles: Closely spaced, about 2-7 mm apart
Flowers: Trumpet-shaped up to 14 cm long, pale purplish pink, often nearly white inside. Spines on the flowers and fruits to only 3 mm long. Flowers bud sharply pointed.
Blooming season: It is one of the early species to bloom in spring, flowers remain fully open most of the day and night (or partially closing during the hottest part of the day).
Fruit: Ovoid up to 2 cm long, bright green with white pulp, splitting along one side, with easily detaching spines.
Cultivation and Propagation: In culture Echinocereus scherii subsp. gentryi is without problems, easy to grow, very attractive and regularly shows its beautiful flowers, if provided with an adequate winter rest period.
Growth rate: It is a relatively rapidly growing species that will make clumps given the best conditions.
Soils: It likes very porous standard cactus mix soil.