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  Mammillaria fraileana CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Mammillaria fraileana SB1247 Pichilingue BCS.
Slowly offsetting, thin upright dark green stems, 3-4 cm in diameter, up to 15 cm tall.
 

Description: Slowly offsetting, irregularly  forming small clusters.
Stem: Cylindrical, narrow, eventually clumping near the base of the plant, without latex, 3-4 cm in diameter, 15 cm tall. Body is green, but often reddish if grown in full light.
Tubercles: Pyramidal without latex, axil naked (or with a few bristles)
Roots: Fibrous or moderately swollen..
Radial spines: 11 to 12, 8 to 10 mm long, thin and white.
Central spines: 3 to 4, 10 mm long, dark brown, with one central spine, hooked.
Flowers: Light pink flower, petals with darker pink median line, 2,5-3 cm in diameter, stigma bright carmine-pink. (A form with greenish-yellow stigma lobes is also known as "yellow form" )
Fruits: Red, clavate and long lasting on the plant.
Seeds: Black.
Blooming season: From May to September.
 

 

Light pink flower, petals with a darker median line, 3 cm in diameter. Unusual pink stigma stretched out towards the sun.

 


The so-called "yellow form" with yellowish-green stigma lobes.
 


It starts flowering when still very small.
Best for full sun to light shadow.
 


 Roots are fibrous but moderately swollen.


Dark purplish spines with a hooked central one.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Mammillaria fraileana (Britt. & Rose) Boed. 1933

First description by Britton & Rose 1923, Neomammillaria fraileana.

Origin:  Mexico, state of  Baja California (on the Coast of Gulf of California, near La Paz, Cabo san Lucas, Todos santos)

Habitat:  Grows in non calcareous rocks.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Bartschella albicans ssp. fraileana (Britton & Rose) D.R. Hunt 1997
  • Chilita fraileana (Britton & Rose) Orcutt 1926
  • Ebnerella fraileana  (Britton & Rose) Buxbaum 1951
  • Neomammillaria fraileana
  • Mammillaria albicans ssp. fraileana
  • Mammillaria albicans


Gorgeous flowers and very decorative, long-lasting red fruits.
 

 



Cultivation: This plant isn't famous for being easy to cultivate, but in good conditions with excellent ventilation, it grows without difficulty.  It is especially sensitive to over-watering. So careful watering and an open
mineral potting soil are a must. Avoid the use of peat or other humus sources in the potting mixture.
Don't add limestone to the potting mix
, which must be moderately acidic.  Can be sensitive to frost (but some populations are resistant to -10 C).  Requires
maximum sun exposure to reach its full potential. and in order to achieve success in flowering.
A winter rest that allows the plant to shrivel (perhaps losing up to 25% of its summer height) will encourage flowering and long term survival.  Be careful to encourage slow growth.
Propagation:
Seeds or offsets.

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