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  Copiapoa mollicula
(Syn: Copiapoa longispina)
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Copiapoa mollicula FR525 North of Chaņaral airstrip, mountains, Region 02 Antofagasta, Chile
 

Description: This close relative of C. hypogaea is usually solitary or forms small clumps.
Stem: The stem is thick soft, flat to globular 7,5 cm in diameter, often with a nice grey-green, blue-grey, pinkish-grey or brownish-grey colour. The apex is woolly.
Ribs: 10 to 14 ribs
Roots: Heavy underground root.
Central spines: 1 to 3 blackish, up to 2.5 cm long;
Radial spines: 5 to 9.
Flowers: Campanulate 3 cm long and grow from the centre of the white wool at the apex. Outer segments of the perianth are linear and orangish; inner segments are wide, blunt and yellow
 

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A rare specimen with yellow colouration.

Blooms appear from the woolly top of the plant.
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Copiapoa mollicula F. Ritter 1963

Origin:  Distribution: Chile, Atacama: Cuastal hills between Chaņaral and Puerto Viejo,

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Copiapoa longispina 1963
  • Copiapoa montana 'mollicula'
  • Copiapoa hypogaea 'mollicula'
 




A rare specimen with yellow colouration.
 

Cultivation: Very slow growing, need full sun but should be protected from excessive heat and sun in summer. Require light watering and good drainage. Keep warm and dry in winter to avoid rot.  It needs mild heat in winter, avoid any frost.
Propagation: Seeds  or or stems planted as cuttings. Grafting is often used to speed growth rate and to create a back-up to plants in collection.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Copiapoa hypogea complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like many other cacti) with several controversial varieties and subspecies, and comprises a multitude of different forms, but where each form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics):

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