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  Epithelantha dickisoniae
(Syn: Epithelantha micromeris var. dickisoniae)
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Epithelantha micromeris var. dickisoniae
 

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Apical spines in mature plants take a reddish tinge, especially if wet.  The flowers are small and cream-pink.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Epithelantha dikisoniae

Synonyms:

  • Epithelantha micromeris var. dickisoniae
  • Epithelantha greggii var. dikisoniae


A old specimen

 

Description: E. micropmeris var. dickisoniae is a minute clustering cactus of doubtful status (but very appreciated in cultivation), it shows similarities with E. micromeris polycephala and Epithelantha pachyrhiza.
Stem: Finger-like, becoming somewhat elongated when old, branching basally.
Spines: 30-40, whitish,  all radials, turning to a grey-reddish or brownish tinge in adult plant's crown.
Roots: Tuberose
Flowers: Small, cream-pink coloured, they start to open from April onwards, over a longer time.   Later in summer they form oblong red fruits.
 

 





Cultivation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant in cultivation, it is relatively easy.   It needs a soil mix which is particularly well draining (because rot prone). Water sparingly and keep perfectly dry in winter.  Hardy to -7C Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun.

Propagation: It can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings, but it is sometime grafted because slow to grow on its own roots. Older specimens shoot tillers from under tubercles, so they can be grafted, which is a much easier way of propagation than sowing.
Young seedlings are tiny and they need several years to reach adult size, and require careful watering.

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