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Yavia cryptocarpa CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Yavia cryptocarpa
This is the beautiful crested form of one of the rarest of all known cactus.
 

Etymology: The genus is named after Argentina's department Yavi, Jujuy province. The species 'cryptocarpa' refers to the plant being a cryptocarp. This means that the fruits are formed inside the plant's body, thus being only visible when the plant shrinks in the drought period.


The cause of cresting: The cause of cresting is not fully explained, biologists disagree as to why some cacti 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 Yavia are very rare, cresting occurs naturally and can be encountered in many other cactus species.
Propagation: Grafting since cutting root hardly.
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)


Scientific name:  Yavia cryptocarpa  R. Kiesling & Piltz,
gen. & sp. nov. Kakteen Succ. 52(3): 57-63, 2001.
forma cristata

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 

Yavia is a very strange cactus that might be related with Cintia, Blossfeldia, Weingartia and Neowerdermannia.


Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
Yavia cryptocarpa.


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