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Pelecyphora (Encephalocarpus) strobiliformis forma cristata

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Encephalocarpus (Pelecyphora) strobiliformis forma cristasta

 

The cause of cresting: The cause of cresting is not fully explained, biologists disagree as to why some plants grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike or freeze damage, but whatever the stimulus, the growth point of the stem has switched from a geometric point, to a line, which folds and undulates as the crest expands. Crested Encephalocarpus are quite rare, cresting occurs naturally and can be encountered in many other  species.

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Pelecyphora strobiliformis (Werdermann) Frič & Schelle ex Kreuzinger
forma cristata

Origin
Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix I

Synonyms:  

  • Encephalocarpus strobiliformis (Werdermann) A. Berger forma cristata
  • Ariocarpus strobiliformis Werderm. forma cristata


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