Coryphantha vivipara

Escobaria vivipara (Coryphantha vivipara)

Family: Cactus (Cactaceae)
AKA: Pincushion Cactus, Beehive Cactus
Photo taken on: June 4, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Rocky, sandy areas on mesas

Grows to 5" high in a tight ball. Central spines are light to brown colored, outer spines light with dark tips. Flowers have fringed, hot pink to magenta petals with orange stamens and a white stigma and are not fragrant. Compare to Mountain Ball Cactus.

Flora of North America reference. 

Pink Round Clusters