Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')

Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')
  • Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')
  • Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')
  • Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')

Astrophytum aureum, Sierra Paila (Syn: A. capricorne var. senilis 'aureum')

Pianta molto bella e particolare con corpo verde e lunghissime spine dorate.
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Pianta molto bella e particolare con corpo verde e lunghissime spine dorate.

 

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:Astrophytum capricorne v. aureum (MOELLER) OKUMURA
HOOCK, H. 1992 . Kakt. and. Sukk. Band: 43 Heft (3) Seite 58-63 Das Gold der Sierra Paila:

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2

Origin:  Sierra de la Paila (between Viesca and Parras de la Fuente) Coahuila, Mexico

Habitat: it grows in a very arid area near to the habitat of A. capricorne senilis ( rain about 200mm/annun and irregular with less than 10 mm in January). The daily and seasonal temperature fluctuation is considerable, and in winter it is not infrequent a night frost followed by a hot temperature the same day.

 

Astrophytum capricorne aureum

 

 

Description: Plant with sharp ribs that differs from the type species for the absence of white flocks.
Stem: Globular to short cylindrical with age up to 35-40 cm tall and 15 cm in diameter. The epidermis is green/bluish sometime tinged in purple.
Spines: Up to 20 per areole characteristically golden yellow when young, but as they ages become greyish like in the other capricorne. They similar in shape to those of A. senilis , bristly, flexible, 5 to 7(-10) cm long and pointing in all directions that often form up spirals, they are so densely nest wrapped that the body is hardly visible and looks like a dry grass bundle. The lateral ones grows horizontally sideways at first and then buckle while the others point +/-upwards. After rain they wet and become very flabby.
Flowers: Diurnal yellow with a red centre (like in the type species).


Cultivation:
Easy to grow. Use mineral well permeable substratum (rot prone). Water sparingly from March till October and keep perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees centigrade. (but it is Hardy to -7°C for short periods) In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!! Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun.



Propagation:
They can be propagated from seed.