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  Mammillaria hybrid "Dolichothele x UNPICO" CACTUSPEDIA       

 


 A very odd plant with colourful spines.
 

Description: What is this plant? This rare and unusual cactus was labelled as an improbable but stricking hybrid between a Dolichothele longimamma and Mammillaria spinosissima cv. UN PICO, however the plant is presumably a monstrous form of Mammillaria of an unknown Mammillaria species.
Stem:
4 to 5cm wide, up to 4 cm tall, flattened and soft. The stem branches abundantly from the base and forms soon large mats.
Ribs: Vertical or spiralling formed by a row of elongated tubercles.
Central spines: Bright orange and yellow, flexible with a slightly bent tip, but not hooked. They are also a little flat and not pungent.
Radial spines: Very few (often absent) glassy white, bristly.
Roots: Tuberose, juicy.
Flowers: Pink in a ring around the crown. They usually fail to open completely.
Remarks: This plant is also very similar (but not the same) to Toumeya papyracantha x Echinocereus knippelianus hybrid, actually this second cultivar has more flattened, curved and shorter central spines, and more thin white radial spines per areole. Furthermore the "Toumeya papyracantha x Echinocereus knippelianus hybrid" has swollen pink roots and its flesh is pink too.
 

 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
 

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced hybrid)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
 


Toumeya x knippelianus hybr. (left) & Dolichotele x Un Pico hybr. (Right)
This two similar cultivars are often confused but they are not the same.
 

 


Central spines  are cremy-yellow with bright orange-red tips, flexible with a bent tip, but not hooked. They are also somehow flat a very uncommon feature for a Mammillaria. Radials are very few, thin and  bristly and white.



 

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