Etymology: From Latin "lanugo" = "wool-like
surface" and "spina" = "spine" for its downy
Description: The typical
Haageocereus lanugispinus (Pygmaeocereus
densiaculeatus) is a
small finger sized sprawling
cactus spreading from its base with most unusual dense, plumose, short,
glassy white spines which detach very easily. The
crested form is less rare than the normal plant, and it is particularly sought after for its white
glassy cover of spines. Also
stay quite small, making a fascinating specimen.
However the crested form sometimes throws off normal stems, but they
proved to be particularly difficult to root, for this reason the few
plants found in specialized cactus collections are - usually - grafted.
mountain cactus necessitate deep
and a well
mineral potting mix.
Need a sufficient
amount of air. They
overwatering, but need enough water during
vegetation. They tolerate light frost -5
(-10) °C. Need to be kept in a cool place
winter rest this is important for the flowers as well as for their
health. Without this cool winter period they normally wont get many
buds. Need a good amount of sun.
Propagation: Usually propagated by
grafting . Grafted plants in culture are most common and sprout
strongly. But it is also feasible
to root them but they grow much slower on their own roots.