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  Mammillaria carmenae "albiflora" CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Mammillaria
carmenae "albiflora"
This is a pale spined form with pure white flowers.
 

 

Description: Mammillaria carmenae is a solitary or clustering globular cactus.
Stems: Globose to ovoid, 4 - 10 cm high, 3 - 5 cm in diameter. Without latex.
Tubercles: Conical. Axil: Woolly and bristly.
Radial spines: More than 100, soft, fine, flexible, star-like, pure white 5 mm long.
Central spines: There are no central spines.
Flowers: Daytime pure white, to 11 mm long.
Blooming season: Plants blooms at the same time in late winter-early spring and are very generous with their flowers.
Remarks:
The point of interest of "forma albiflora" are the white spines and flowers.

 

Cultivation: It is a  relatively rapid growing  species.  This is easily grown into clumps, but it does often have an irregular pattern of offsetting. Water regularly in summer, but do not overwater (Rot prone) Use pot with good drainage and a very porous potting media,  keep dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer  in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5° C. Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun.
Easily clustering and easily flowered. Most plants will offset readily, and clumps can be produced in a few years.
 

Propagation: Division, direct sow after last frost.
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Mammillaria carmenae  Casteņeda & Nuņez 1953
Published in: A. Inst. Biol. Mex. 24(2): 233 (1953) forma albiflora.

Origin Garden origin (Nursery selected  white flowering selection)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.


M. carmenae albiflora develops a lovely white puffs with eventual offsets and splendid pure white blooms, in time expands so that its tubercles become well separated and its developing spines stand out beautifully against the mid green of the plant body.
 

 




 

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