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  Mammillaria magallanii
(Syn: M. lasiacantha v magallanii)
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Small slow growing species with short white spines and creamy pink flowers and red fruit ,
similar to M. lasiacantha

Description:  Plants usually solitary with asucculent tap root. Stems without latex globose to club shaped, green, to 6 cm tall and 4.5 cm in diameter.
Tubercule arrangement: 13 - 21.
Spines: Radials 70 - 75, interlacing, chalky white with orange-tan base, 2 - 5 mm long. Central usually absent, sometimes one, straight, curved or hooked, orange-tan with brown tips, to 3 mm long.
Flowers: Cream coloured with pink to brownish midstrips, to 10 mm long and in diameter.
Fruits: Red and very showy.

Cultivation:
This plant has not the fame to be easy to cultivate, but in good conditions with excellent ventilation, it grows without difficulty. It is especially sensitive to overwatering. 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.

It can be sensitive to frost (but if dry they are resistant to -5 C). Requires maximum sun exposure to reach its full potential and  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 time survival. Be careful to encourage slow growth. Provide very good ventilation.
Propagation:
Direct sow after last frost. (it usually doesn't  produces offsets).

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of the Lasiacanthae group. (This taxon has lots of synonyms  whit several controversial varieties and subspecies)

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Mammillaria magallanii Schmoll ex Craig, Mamm. 1945
Published in: Mammillaria Handbook 225 (1945);

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila, Durango) Altitude 1.110 to 1.900 m.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Mammillaria lasiacantha subsp. magallanii
    in: Hunt, Mamm. Postscripts 6: 7 (1997) 
  • Mammillaria lengdobleriana
  • Mammillaria neobertrandiana
  • Mammillaria roseocentra


 

 




 

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