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Coryphantha borwigii
(Syn: Coryphantha salinensis
)

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Coryphantha borwigii Higueras
Usually solitary, occasionally bluish, 5-10 cm tall , diameter up to 5-8 cm.
 

Description: Usually solitary, but quite variable in habit.
Stem: Globose, ovoid, or short cylindrical dark green to pale blue grey, 5-10 cm tall, 5-8 cm in diameter.
Tubercles: Conical, rhomboid basally, very firm, more or less erect, often imbricate, up to 20 mm long.
Spines: C. borwigii pass several stages of development in which their appearance changes very much: after several years of purely radial spination one single porrect central dull white, brown or blackish up to 15 mm long, curved downwards, appears and with the appearance of the upper 2-3, slightly protruding centrals curved to the sides.
Radial spines: Equal at first up to 18 mm long, as the the plant ages develops two types of radial spines, lower radiant, stiff, horn-coloured and upper, thinner, flexible in a bundle.
Flowers: Large ( 4-7 cm in diameter) glossy yellow , they have red filaments and a red centre.

Fruits: Green, 15-20 mm long.
 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Coryphantha borwigii J.A.Purpus ex A.Berger (nomen nudum)
In: Kakteen 272, 1929  [Coryphantha borwigii sensu Bremer 1980]

Nowadays regarded as:  Coryphantha salinensis (Poselg.) A.D.Zimmermann ex R.F.Dicht & A.D.Lüthy1998

Origin: Large area of Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila to Nuevo León)

Synonyms:

  • Coryphantha salinensis (Poselg.) A.D.Zimmermann ex R.F.Dicht & A.D.Lüthy1998
  • Coryphantha delaetiana (Quehl) A. Berger
    In: Kakteen 270, 1929
 



C. borwigii (C. salinensis) juvenile stage pure radial spines.
It pass
es several stages of development in which its appearance changes very much, for many years it has only pure radial spines.

Cultivation:  Small growing and easy to to care in normal cactus compost and very willing to flower, Because of it’s small size makes a great potted plant specimen, great for beginning collectors, water sparingly and allow to dry between watering, needs good drainage. Watering should be curtailed during the winter months. Full sun  but is tolerant and prefers light shade during the hot Summer months. And provide very good ventilation. Frost Tolerance: Hardy to - 5°C if kept dry..

Propagation:  Seeds (usually) or by the shoots of adult plants (if available).

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Coryphantha delaetiana complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms whit several controversial varieties and subspecies and comprises a multitude of different forms):



 

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