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  Notocactus leninghausii "albispinus"
(Syn: Parodia leninghausii "albispina")
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Notocactus leninghausii "albispinus"

 

Description: Columnar Cactus that branches and will start to cluster from the base as it ages.
Stem: At first globular then columnar up to 60(100) cm tall, 8-12 cm in diameter, with an angled crown.
Spines: Harmless, golden and bristly.
Flowers: Near the top, 5-6 cm in diameter pure yellow, silky, shining with a lovely reflection in the petals. It blooms only when mature in Spring to late Summer. Blooms more than once a year

Notes: This cactus is named for Guillermo Leninghaus a Brazilian collector. Transferred to Parodia in 1982 by Brandt. Initially this plant was included in Pilocereus in 1895, and has over the years been in the genera Malacocarpus & Eriocactus.

Cultivation: Frost Tolerant as low as -4C (or possibly colder) but in cultivation it is best to avoid any frost when during the winter the temperature can go down to 2 C without any harm so long as the compost is very dry. During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant.
Allows good drainage and use a an open and free draining mineral compost that allows therefore roots to breath.
They like only a short winter's rest and should be kept almost completely dry during the winter months,  If the soil is allowed to be dry for too long root loss could follow but equally the same result would occur if the plants are both wet and cold. From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full growth.
Water regularly during the summer so long as the plant pot is allowed to drain and not sit in a tray of water. During hot weather you may need to water the plants more frequently so long as the plant is actively growing. From late September watering should be reduced to force the plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy, by October you should be back in to the winter watering regime.
Need full sun avoiding only the harshest summer sun, if kept too dark they may become overly lush and could be prone to rotting due to over watering, they will also be shy to produce flowers.
Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which can be fatal during the darker cold months.
Repotting should be done every other year or every three years, annual potting is not necessary. Do not be tempted to over pot as this will cause the unused compost to go stagnant and you may loose the plant.
Propagation:
Seed sowing and cuttings.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Parodia leningausii  complex

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
 

Scientific name:  Notocactus leninghausii "albispinus"

Nowadays regarded as: Parodia leninghausii (Schumann) F.H.Brandt 1982

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Habitat: The habitat where this plant come from can become very cold during the winter nights, often it will fall to just above freezing without harming the plants as it is also very dry.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: Golden Ball Cactus

Synonyms:  Taxon synonyms

  • Pilocereus leninghausii K. Schumann 1895 (basionym)
  • Malacocarpus leninghausii (K.Schumann) Britton & Rose 1922
  • Notocactus leninghausii (K.Schumann) A.Berger 1929
  • Eriocactus leninghausii (K.Schumann) Backeberg 1942
  • Echinocactus leninghausii
  • Eriocephala leninghausii
 



This is the beautiful white spined form of the famous golden ball cactus.

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