Astrophytum myriostigma Lemaire
Original description: Cactacearum Genera nova Speciesque novae et
omnium in Horto Monvillano cultarum: 4-6 1839
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Garden origin (Nursery
Cultivation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult
plant is not too difficult in a
although grows quite slowly.
It is sometime seen as a grafted plant but grows very well on its own
roots too. Use mineral well permeable
with little organic matter (peat, humus). Water sparingly
from March till
if the weather is sunny enoughand)
, with a little
perfectly dry in winter
at temperatures from 5 to
15 degrees centigrade.
(but it is relatively cold resistant and
hardy to -7° (-10°)C
for short periods) In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!!
They need a good amount of
light shade to full sun
this help to keep the plants
healthy, although slow
Propagation: Seed that germinate rapidly.
Plants are sometimes grafted onto column-shaped cacti.