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Mammillaria sanchez-mejoradae

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A tiny white-spined beauty . It remains small, max 2-4 cm, diameter 3 cm or less when fully grown (but can grow more and cluster in cultivation)

 

Description: It is a very slow growing miniature cactus.
Stem: Usually solitary, flattened globose (or clumps forming over time) bright green to 3 cm high, 1 - 3 cm in diameter.
Spines: No centrals, 30 to 40 hairlike (or plumose) pectinate, rigid radials, white, flattened against the tubercules, to 8 mm long.
Flowers: Can vary between white and pink-rose, 2-3 cm in diameter.
Fruits: Club shaped, red, up to15 mm long.
 

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This plant is grafted on Opuntia compressa. This grafting stock greatly  enhances flower production.

 


Mammillaria sancez-mejoradae and a tree frog
[you can see other macro photographs in the
Gallery of Macro Photografy ]

Flowering size speciemens on a frost hardy Opuntia compressa stock.


Pectinate and feathery spines.


A pink flowering specimen

Family: Cactaceae

Scientific name:  Mammillaria sanchez-mejoradae R.Gonzalez G.  
First description: Cact. Suc. Mex. 37(3): 55 (1992)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Origin: It is a Critically Endangered cactus endemic to a single small area (Rancho El Vergel - Municipio de Galeana) in Nuevo Leon Mexico Altitude 1.900 - 2.000 m. But it is supposed that there is more than one population  and it could be quite variable.

Synonyms:  

  • Escobariopsis sanchez-mejoradae


 

 

 

 

 


Apex with new spines, M. sanchez-mejoradae is especially sought after for the incomparable beauty of its spination.

 

Cultivation:  Requires a small pot with fast draining mineral-based potting mix.  The plant should be planted high, with gravel top dressing partially supporting it above the potting mix.  
Pot plants are quite wet-sensitive. Care must be taken with watering
;  it needs good drainage. Water sparingly during the growing season,  and keep very dry in winter.
Usually it is recommended to overwinter this plant in a bright and warm greenhouse with at least 8-10 C , but it
has proved to be quite frost resistant ( -5 C). Give top shelf treatment. (Full sun - Light shade) 

Propagation:
Seeds, cuttings or grafting.
 




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