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Mammillaria geminispina var. nobilis forma cristata CACTUSPEDIA       

 


 M. geminispina var. nobilis forma cristata
 

Description: The standard Mammillaria geminispina nobilis is a eavily clustering plant that form 30 to 90 cm large cushion. It is among the most famous cacti for the dense withe spines and wool that cover the stems.
The beautiful crested form develops huge brain-shaped hemispherical cushion. Older crested plant are very priced.

Stem:  Light green whit latex, up to 18 cm high and 8 cm in diameter.
Tubercles: Rounded with latex. Axil: With white wool and 10 - 20 long white bristles.
Central spines: 2  pure white or white with dark tip that protrude far out from the rest, straight or slightly curved, 2 to 4 cm long (or more).
Radial spines:
16 to 20 chalky white, interlacing up to 7 mm long.
Flowers:
Campanulate, pinkish to carmine red, with darker midveins, to 20 mm long and in diameter usually in a ring in the growth of the previous year but sometime more randomly over the body.
If grown from seed, M. geminispina can take seven to eight years before flowering.
Recognized subspecies, varieties and forms:

  • M. geminispina var. geminispina (form with 2 central, white with darker tipped spines)
  • M. geminispina var. brevispina (form with 2 short darker tipped central spines)
  • M. geminispina var. leucocentra (form with 5-6 pure white central spines)
  • M. geminispina var. nivea (form with pure white spines)
  • M. geminispina var. nobilis (form with long spines)

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family) 

Scientific name:  
Mammillaria geminispina var. nobilis forma cristata

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common English Names include: Crested White Cactus, Crested Twin Spined Cactus.

Synonyms:

  • Mammillaria geminispina Hawort 1824
  • Cactus geminispinus
  • Neomammillaria geminispina
  • Mammillaria elegans  A.P. De candolle 1828
  • Cactus elegans
  • Neomammillaria elegans
  • Neomammillaria neo-elegans
  • Mammillaria leucocentra Berg 1840
  • Mammillaria geminispina subsp. leucocentra (Berg) D.R. Hunt 1997
  • Mammillaria albata Reppenhagen 1987
 


Cultivation:
   It is a fairly easy plant to grow, don't requires any special treatment, but need as much light as possible without burning the plant to encourage the heaviest spine formation, if kept too dark it may become overly lush and greener and could be prone to rotting due to over watering.
During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant. Furnish good drainage and use a an open and free draining mineral compost that allows therefore roots to breath. They like only a short winter's rest and should be kept almost completely dry during the winter months, If the soil is allowed to be dry for too long root loss could follow but equally the same result would occur if the plants are both wet and cold. From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full growth.
Water regularly during the summer so long as the plant pot is allowed to drain and not sit in a tray of water. During hot weather you may need to water the plants more frequently so long as the plant is actively growing. From late September watering should be reduced to force the plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy, by October you should be back in to the winter watering regime.
Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which can be fatal during the darker cold months. Grown specimens resist to -4C for a short time, but it is best to keep above 0 C to avoid ugly spots on the plant epidermis.
Propagation:
By  stem cuttings  from adult plants in spring or summer or by  grafting. Pieces of crest must be dried out for at least 3 weeks before planting in coarse river sand. This is quite an easy alternative and success is almost always guaranteed.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Mammillaria geminispina.



 

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