Stenocereus alamosensis

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Octopus Cactus
Stenocereus alamosensis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Stenocereus
Species: S. alamosensis
Binomial name
Stenocereus alamosensis

Stenocereus alamosensis (octopus cactus or cina[1]) is a species of cactus native to Mexico.[2] It is viviparous (that is, the seeds germinate before leaving the parent plant), apparently an adaptation to living in coastal plains which are prone to flooding.[3] The Seri people of Sonora call this cactus xasaacoj.[4]

Stenocereus alamosensis west of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ William J. Etges (Sep 1989). "Divergence in Cactophilic Drosophila: The Evolutionary Significance of Adult Ethanol Metabolism". Evolution. Society for the Study of Evolution. 43 (6): 1316–1319. JSTOR 2409367. doi:10.2307/2409367. 
  2. ^ "Octopus Cactus (Stenocereus alamosensis)". Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. ^ J. Hugo Cota-Sánchez, Álvaro Reyes-Olivas and Bardo Sánchez-Soto (2007). "Vivipary in coastal cacti: a potential reproductive strategy in halophytic environments". American Journal of Botany. 94 (9): 1577–1581. PMID 21636523. doi:10.3732/ajb.94.9.1577. 
  4. ^ Felger, Richard; Mary B. Moser. (1985). People of the desert and sea: ethnobotany of the Seri Indians. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. ISBN 0-8165-0818-6.