ferocactus wislizeni

Also found in: Wikipedia.
Enlarge picture
fish hook barrel cactus

fish hook barrel cactus

Barrel cactus has spineless, edible yellow fruits around the top that resemble mini-pineapples with shiny black seeds inside that are a great nutritious delicious food source. Taste like kiwi-lemon. Flower buds and yellow flowers can also be eaten. The pulp of main barrel cactus can also be squeezed for an emergency drink of water, but contains oxalic acid which may cause diarrhea, nausea and cramping. Ones with red flowers are the most nauseating, yellow flowered ones are easier to stomach. If you are ever lost in the desert, Barrel cactus lean to the south to get the most sunlight. The can be your compass.
References in periodicals archive ?
The only available information on this subject suggests that seeds of the barrel cactus Ferocactus wislizeni may remain viable in the soil for at least 18 months; postdispersal seed predation in this species is high, although seeds may escape from predators when hidden among rocks (Bowers, 2000).
Integrating quality and quantity of mutualistic service to contrast ant species protecting Ferocactus wislizeni.
Bowers JE, Pierson EA (2001) Implications of seed size for seedling survival in Carnegiea gigantea and Ferocactus wislizeni (Cactaceae).