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Mammillaria theresae forma brevispina
 

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Mammillaria theresae forma brevispina (short spined form) is one of the most distinctive  Mammillaria.
 

Description:  Subglobose to cylindrical, olive green, with magenta-red tint, to 4 cm high, 1 - 3 cm in diameter.
Tubercles: Small, cylindrical/conical.
Spines: Radial: 22 - 30, plumose, pinnated, translucent, white to yellowish white, to 1 mm long, forming little spines clusters at the tubercle apexes. Central spine: Absent.
Roots:  Strong taproot
Flower: Crocus-like, funnelform, pink, unusually long-stemmed for a Mammillaria (3.5 cm in diameter and up to 5 cm long) that are many times larger than the plant body itself, at least with plants on their own roots. Stigmas pale yellow.
Blooming season:  Blossoming time: May (but  plants grafted flowers repeatedly from April to September)

Cultivation: M. theresae - like the other Mammillarias of the saboae group - is not the easiest of Mammillarias to grow and keep, this is  though it is easier than some of its relatives such as M. goldii.  But all this species require similar growing conditions, and a mineral-based potting mix is preferred. They need to be kept dry in winter.
Pot plants are quite wet-sensitively. Care must be taken with watering and needs good drainage. Water sparingly during the growing season, keep very dry in winter.  But plants grown outdoor seems to tolerate easily the winter wetness.  Usually it is recommended to overwinter this plant in a bright and warm greenhouse with at least 8-10 C , but it proved to be quite frost resistant and demonstrated to survive safely outdoor under a cover of snow at a temperatures of -15 C.
Sun Exposure: Full sun - Light shade
Propagation: cuttings or (usually) grafting.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
Mammillaria theresae:

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Mammillaria theresae  Cutak 1967
Published in: Cutak, Cact. Succ. J. (US) 39(6): 239 (1967)
  forma brevispina

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Origin
Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)


 

 




 

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