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Subfamily: Cactoideae Tribe: Cacteae

Sclerocactus ("hard cactus" Greek; refers to the hard, dry fruit) is a genus of cacti with about 15 species, found in higher elevation deserts such as on the Colorado Plateau, or in the Mohave Desert or the Great Basin. They are well suited to extremes due to lack of rainfall, hot summers and below freezing winters. They are sometimes called "fishhook cactus" or "little barrels".

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