Slowly forms cylindrical stems
that remain solitary for a long time.
Description: Solitary or
occasionally clustering cactus with showy flowers in June. It is
somewhat variable in habit and has a dense spination.
Stem: Robust, globose to cylindrical, pale-green to grey-green ,
sunken apically, 6-9 cm in diameter and up to 15 cm tall. Without latex.
Tubercles: Conical to bluntly four-angled, about 7 - 9 mm long
and 5 - 7 mm in diameter, closely set, terete in section, Parastichy
number 13 - 21. Axil with silky bristles and some wool.
Areoles: Large, white and woolly.
Radial spines: 10 - 30, stiff, slender, the uppermost being
the shortestwhite, widely spreading, (3-)5 - 7 mm long.
Central spines: 2 - 4(-9), unequal usually straight, but one may
be hooked, reddish-brown or brown with blackish tips, (7-)10 - 15 mm
Flowers: Funnelform, deep pink to magenta 1,2-1,5 cm in diameter,
narrowly opening. Stigma-lobes green.
Blooming season: It flowers with the freedom of Mammillaria
spinosissima, in early summer.
Fruits: Club shaped, greenish white tinged with pink, to 25 mm
long and 6 - 8 mm wide, ripens 12 - 14 months after flowering.
Seeds: Small brown, round to club-shaped, 0,9 mm long and 0,8 mm
subspecies, varieties and forms:
The subspecies 'nunezii' tends to cluster and has 2-9
brown central spines and magenta flowers.
The subspecies 'bella' stays usually solitary and has 4-6
white central spines with red tips. Flowers are carmine.
Scientific name: Mammillaria nunezii (Britton &
In: Cactography, p. 8, 1926.
Origin: Mexico (Guerrero, Morelos, Jalisco,
Michoacan)Altitude 1.000 - 1.600 m
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Neomammillaria nunezii Britton & Rose
published in: Cact. 4: 120 1923 - First description
- Mammillaria nunezii var. solisii
- Mammillaria supraflumen Reppenhagen
In: Die gattung Mammillaria
nach dem heutigen stand meines wissens 1987; Herausgeber AfM, 1987: 87 -
- Mammillaria silvatica
- Mammillaria nunezii subsp. nunezii
(Britton & Rose) Orcutt 1926
- Ebnerella nunezii (Britton &
Rose) Buxb. 1951
- Neomammillaria solisii Britton &
- Mammillaria solisii (Britton &
Rose) Boed. 1933
- Ebnerella solisii (Britton &
Rose) Buxb. 1951
- Mammillaria wuthenauiana Backeb.
- Mammillaria hubertmulleri Repp.
The narrowly opening flowers are carmine and
appear on the crown of the plant in June
Cultivation: It is a slow
growing species of easy culture, recommended
for any collection, it doesn't require any special treatment. 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 (some
reports give it hardy to -5°C)
Sun Exposure: High levels of light
are needed to flower and for good spine development.
Can be sunburned if moved
from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. During the spring it
may be able to take full sun until the heat arrives at the end of
spring. In an area that has hot afternoon sun, it may be able to take
full morning sun, but requires afternoon shade or afternoon light shade.
If grown correctly, it will reward the grower
with generous displays of purple flowers.
Clustering in cultivation after several years and easily flowered.
For best results, use a shallow pot, and only use the smallest
diameter pot that will accommodate the plant. Sensitive to red spider
mite. Overhead watering is helpful in controlling mites.
Propagation: Direct sow after
(usually) or division, wait
offsets that appear at the
base of old clustered
are 1/3 the size of the parent and then detach and plant.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Mammillaria nunezii .