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  Astrophytum capricorne var. senile "rosa"
(Syn: Astrophytum senilis "rosa" )

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Astrophytum senilis "rosa" is a selected form with  lovely pinkish  flowers with a red centre


Description: Spherical to short cylindrical cacti so densely wrapped with soft spines that the body is hardly visible and looks like a dry grass bundle.
Spines: 16 to 20(-30) whitish, dark reddish brown till black coloring, later getting grey, bristly, flexible, square in cross-section 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: Orangish or pink  with a red centre.

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.

They can be propagated from seed.



Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum capricorne v. senile (FRIC) OKUMURA
HOOCK, H. 1990 . Kakt. and. Sukk. Band: 41 Heft (2) und Heft (3) Seite 28-30 und 56-60


  • Astrophytum capricorne v. senile  BACKEBERG (OKUMURA) 1961
  • Astrophytum capricorne v. senilis  MARSHALL, W.T.; BOCK, T.M.1941
  • Astrophytum senile, FRIC, A.V. 1925
  • Astrophytum senile v. senile, SCHÜTZ, B. 983
  • Echinocactus capricorne senilis RÖDER, W. 1929
  • Echinocactus capricornis v. senilis, ( FRIC) BERGER, A.  1929
  • Echinocactus capricornus senile, Anonym 1926
  • Echinocactus capricornus v. senilis, MÖLLER, H. 1927

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2

The "rosa" form (pink flowering) and the standard yellow type.



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