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  Mammillaria pullihamata
(Syn: Mammillaria rekoi ssp. rekoi)
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Mammillaria pullihamata
ML366 Microwave station San Cristóbal,
km145 of MEX-190, Oaxaca - Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico 1150m

This is a nice species with heavy gold or amber hooked spines.
 

 

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Cultivation: Requires excellent drainage provided by porous cactus soil. We suggest repotting every 2-3 years. Prefers bright light and ample airflow. Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside it needs bright light, and some direct sun. Water the soil abundantly when it is dry to the touch.  Allow soil to drain thoroughly before watering again. Do not water much in the winter (Rot prone).  Protect from frost. But it's hardy to -5°C if kept dry.  During the beautiful season enrich the soil using a fertilizer rich in potassium and phosphorous, but poor in nitrogen, because this chemical element doesn’t help the development of succulent plants, making them too soft and full of water. Easily clustering, it's an easy bloomer.  Most plants will offset readily, and clumps can be produced in a few years.

Propagation: Division, direct sow after last frost.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Mammillaria pullihamata Reppenhagen 1987

Origin:  Oaxaca, Mexico.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Mammillaria rekoi (Britton & Rose) Vaupel 1925
  • Neomammillaria rekoi Britton & Rose 1923
  • Ebnerella rekoi (Britton & Rose) Buxbaum 1951
  • Mammillaria mitlensis Bravo 1956
  • Mammillaria pseudorekoi Boed. 1933

Description: Mammillaria rekoi in cultivation starts clustering at about 3 to 5 years old from seed. (while in its natural environment it is simple and rarely branches).
Stems:
Globose to short cylindrical,  green, 12-15 cm high, 5 - 6 cm in diameter.  Sometimes with latex.
Tubercles: Conical to cylindrical.  (Tubercle arrangement: 8-13 ) Axil with short white wool and white bristles.
Areoles:
Woolly when young.
Radial spines: About 20(-30), radiating, finely bristly, needle-like, white to golden yellow, 4 - 6 mm long.
Central spines: 4(-7), much stouter than the radials, yellow, amber or brown, hooked or sometimes straight, 10 - 15 mm long, the lower one sometimes strongly hooked.
Flowers: Deep purple pink to pink, with darker midribs, up to 15 mm long, stigmas greenish. The petals flare back at the ends, rather than opening widely.
Blooming season:
Spring.
Fruits: Red.
Seeds: Brown.

Recognized subspecies, varieties and forms:

  • The subspecies 'rekoi' grows mostly with a solitary stem. It only has 4 central spines, with the lower one hooked, and 20 white radial spines per areole.
  • The subspecies 'aureispina' sometimes grows multiple stems.  It has 5-7 central spines and 20-23 yellow golden radial spines per areole.
  • The subspecies 'leptacantha' forms clump frequently.  It has 4-6 central spines that are curved and hooked, with 27-30 radial spines per areole.
 


 



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