Description: This is an heavy clumping
(monstrous) cultivar, with very
small and densely branched heads. The cluster of heads never get much larger
but can slowly fill a 10 cm bowl.
Stems: Basally branching from 0.5 to1,5 cm in diameter that turns
a dark green in direct sunlight.
tubercles are thin
deltoid dark olive green with no
spines. They are more long than wide, closely packed and divergent,
sharply angled apically.
Areoles: Forms a central longitudinal
areolar groove extending to the tips on the adaxial surfaces of the
tubercles, woolly, 1-3 mm wide, 4-7 mm long.
Roots: The cuttings form large swollen tuberose.
Cultivation The plants need deep
pots to accommodate the
napiform unit formed by the
stem base and the
rootstock , and a loose
mineral soil with a well-drained
substrate. They need a good amount of
light, a place near the roof of the greenhouse helps drying the pot
watering. This 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 -10°C.
Propagation: Cuttings but plants are often
grafted to accelerate growth as they would generally take at least a
decade to reach
maturity on their own roots, but the grafted plants are typical
rather tall growing, compared with plants on their
own roots that are usually very flat to the ground.