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Epithelantha micromeris ssp. polycephala
(Syn: Epithelantha polycephala)

 

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Epithelantha polycephala
An old plant may have more than 100 heads, and be 10 cm in diameter.
 

Description:   Clustering miniature cactus;  an old plant may have more than 100 heads, and be 10 cm of diameter.
Stem:  Elongated and very thin,  1-2cm in diameter.
Spines: Very short, appressed, grey/whitish or pastel new spines on shoot apexes are reddish.
Remarks: This is a very distinctive cactus, though quite variable regarding stem's sizes and branching propensity.
 

Epithelantha micromeris ssp. polycephala

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An old specimen
From   Mr. Landini's collection, Italy 


A plant from the collection
of Jean-louis Bayet, Belgium.


Cultivation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant in cultivation it is relatively easy. It needs a soil mix that's particularly well-draining (rot prone). Water sparingly.
Frost Tolerance:
Depending on the clone, will take -12° C (Temperature Zone: USDA
8-11)
Sun Exposure:
Light shade to full sun

Propagation: Seeds, offsets.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms an cultivars of Epithelantha micromeris:

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Epithelantha micromeris ssp. polycephala
(Backeberg) C. Glass 1997  
in: Guía Identific. Cact. Amenazadas México, 1: Ep/mi ssp. polycephala (1998 publ.): 1997

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • E. polycephala Backeberg 1954
    in: Cactus, Paris, No. 39, 32; et No. 40, 62 (1954); cf. Backeb. Cactac. Handb. Kakteenk. 5. 2918 (1961), 1954
    Basionym
  • E. micromeris v. polycephala
  • E. micromeris ssp. micromeris var.polycephala
  • E. greggii v polycephala

Etymology: The subspecies name "polycephala" derives from  the Greek adjective “polys (πολυς)” meaning  “much, many, frequent; large; heavy” and the wordcephale (κεφαλη)” meaning “head; front; end, point; source, top; chief person”
(The subspecific name implies:
many-headed)
 

 



Epithelantha micromeris ssp. polycephala

Clusters of tiny heads From Mr. Landini's collection, Italy






 

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