Astrophytum hybrid cv. SUPERKABUTO classical form (mixed patterns)

Astrophytum hybrid cv. SUPERKABUTO classical form (mixed patterns)

Astrophytum hybrid cv. SUPERKABUTO classical form (mixed patterns)

Diametro 5+ cm, piante da seme di cica 7 anni di età su radici proprie.
€ 5,40
€ 5,40


Diametro 4+ cm, piante da seme di cica 5 anni di età su radici proprie.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem  

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto. 

Stories and legends:
Astrophytum asterias 'Super Kabuto' with its inimitable fuzzy epidermis is actually the most popular cactus cultivar.
It is easily distinguished from the normal A. asterias by the epidermis, that does not have simple dots, but a mosaic of extensive white spots that make the plant look intensely maculate.
Superkabuto would (probably) come from a mutation that occurred in nature to just one field-collected individual A. asterias found in 1981 by the Japanese Mr. Masaomi Takeo in an American garden centre and sold to Tony Sato at a high price in Japan.
Propagations have been made possible by cross-pollinating this fist plant with other normal A. asterias and A. capricorne (and possible other Astrophytum species too), it can be concluded that all the SK actually available are the result of intraspecific hybridization and SK contains not only A. asterias genes but also a significant number of A. capricorne genes, and maybe others. As a result spiny clones appear rather often and the name Astrophytum asterias cv. Super Kabuto is not quite correct.




Many different beautiful forms of 'Super Kabuto' , which differ for the diverse pattern of the spots are now available. It would be difficult to mention them all: they range from completely white forms ('white-type'), to forms with woolly spots ('snow-type'), to forms with a maculation like the shape of fly's wings ('zebra-type' or 'V type').

Cultivation is not too difficult in a greenhouse, although grows quite slowly. The plants need  a loose well-drained  mineral soil. They need a good amount of light. Watering can be done weekly during summertime, if the weather is sunny enough, with a little fertilizer added. Kept this way, plants will show a healthy, although slow growth. They are frost hardy to -4° (-10°) C
Be careful: The epidermis of Superkabuto  is harder than in the normal asterias and cracks easily if plants are overwatered.