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Echinofossulucactus sp. variegated forms CACTUSPEDIA       

 


A nice variegated seedling
 

Remarks: A variegated plant has sectors, patches or stripes with two or more different colours, even distinct shades of green. Plants with variegated stems or leaves are often attractive and highly prized.  In most species the stems or leaves are normally green, and variegated epidermis is an uncommon mutation, termed a chimera.  A chimeral variegation is due to losing the ability to produce chlorophyll in some of the plantís tissue, so that this tissue is no longer green. Tissues lacking chlorophyll are usually white or pale yellow coloured (due to carotenoid pigments) or red (due to betalain or anthocyanin pigments) contrasting with the normal green tissue. There are several forms of variegation, depending on the tissues that have been affected. The variegation in some forms is unstable. The extent and nature of the variegation can vary, and sometimes the plant will return to the green form. In others it is stable and does not change under normal conditions. Because the variegation is due to the presence of two kinds of plant tissue, propagating the plant must be by a vegetative method of propagation that preserves both types of tissue in relation to each other.


Cultivation: Variegated echinofossulocacti are regarded as choice and difficult in cultivation, but despite that they are relatively easy to care for, and flower.  But be aware that they cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to direct sunlight (especially during the hottest summer days), so grow them in half-shade or under filtered sun. They are  sometime seen as grafted plants, but many grow well on their own roots, too.
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n the contrary, the albinos can survive only if grafted on a strong green base.
Use mineral well-permeable substratum with little organic matter (peat, humus). Water sparingly from March till October, and keep perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees centigrade. (In general these plants are more  tender and cannot endure freezing temperatures).  In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!!

Propagation: Almost usually by seed. Plants are often grafted onto column-shaped cacti.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Echinofossulocactus species sp. forma variegata

Description: Echinofossulocacti are (usually) solitary plants, up to 20 cm tall and 10 cm wide, with variable spines. The ribs are thin, with very undulated or curled ridges. Variegated plants will sporadically appear among normal green seedlings.
 

 




 

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