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  Mammillaria guelzowiana
(Syn: Krainzia guelzowiana)
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Photo and copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)
Mammillaria guelzowiana  ( 7 cm flowers)
This is one of the most spectacularly flowered species and some say that this is the most beautiful of all the Mammillarias.
 

Description: Soft small solitary or clustering cactus, 7-10 cm in diameter with the stems obscured by spines.
Stem: Globose depressed apically, 4-10 cm in diameter up to 7 cm high. Without latex.
Tubercles: Conical to cylindrical, flabby.
Axil: Naked.
Radial spine: 60 - 80, many white hair-like, with some other tan stiff radials, twisted, smooth, to 15 mm long.
Central spine: 1 - 6, slender, needle-like, reddish brown to yellow, 8 - 25 mm (0.3 - 1 in) long, one hooked.
Flowers: Bell shaped to funnelform Bright pink to intense purplish red with light scent, to 4 cm long and 7 cm in diameter.
Blooming season (Europe): June/July
Fruit: Nearly globose, pale red or yellowish white, to 8 mm long.
Seed: Black.
 


Photo and copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)


Photo and copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)

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Photo kindly provided by Vadim, Moscow

Photo and copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)


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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Mammillaria guelzowiana
First description by Wedermann
Published in: Zeitschr. Sukkulentenk. 3: 356 (1928)

Origin:   Mexico (Durango)

Habitat: Grassy mountain tops. Altitude 1.300 - 1.700 m.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 Synonyms:

  • Phellosperma guelzowiana
  • Krainzia guelzowiana
  • Bartschella guelzowiana
 



Photo and copyright by Mladen Turcinovic (Croatia)
It has soft  stems obscured by spines, If grown correctly, it will recompense the grower with generous displays of  amazing flowers. When not in flower, the body is not much different from the familiar Mammillaria bocasana

Cultivation: One of the more difficult species to grow long enough to produce clumps.  Watering Needs Need regular water but do not water again until dry. as it is specially sensitive to over watering; plants should be allowed to become crowded in their pot. Keep in shallow pot.Also, it is a species that is dormant in the winter and require very little water (maybe even none) during the cold months. Frost Tolerance:  Light frost protection required. Minimum of 5C for safe growing (but hardy up to -5C or less.) Sun Exposure: High levels of light are needed to flower and for good spine development.  Can be sunburned if moved from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. During the spring it may be able to take full sun until the heat arrives at the end of spring. In an area that has hot afternoon sun, it may be able to take full morning sun, but requires afternoon shade or afternoon light shade. If grown correctly, it will reward the grower with generous displays of purple flowers.
Propagation: Seeds (usually) or offsets that appear at the base; leave them attached to form a cluster, or wait until they are 1/3 the size of the parent and then detach and plant.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
mammillaria krainziana.

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