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  Mammillaria plumosa CACTUS ART
NURSERY

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Photo and copyright by Andrea B. (Bologna, Italy)
http://www.cactusfriends.com/Andrea/index.html 

Mammillaria plumosa has beautiful feathery looking spines that are so soft, it  makes it one of the friendliest of all cacti.
 

Description: Clumping plants form low, dense mounds sometime up to 40 cm wide entirely covered by the mass of white feathery spines.
Stems: Depressed globose or somewhat elongate, without latex, spherical, 4- 7 cm high and in diameter. Light green, but appearing white because of the dense spines.
Tubercles: Small, flattened, 2-4 mm long, somewhat woolly in their axil.
Radial spines: About 40 per areole 1 - 7 mm long, white, weak, interlacing, feathery. The spines in this specie have very long hairs along the spine-axis arranged as are the segments of a bird's feather and that furnish an epidermal protection against the blasting sun of the desert.
Central spines: Absent.
Flowers: Whitish yellow, up to 3-15 mm long (occasionally with pink midstrips), with a strong sweet scent. Perianth segment with a reddish line running down to the centre.
Fruit:
Seeds: Black.

 


 


▲Spines 
Photo and
copyright by Irwin Lightstone
 

The blooms are whitish yellow and up to 15 mm long (occasionally with pink midstrips), with astrong sweet scent.  Photo and copyright by Irwin Lightstone


 


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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Mammillaria plumosa F.A.C. Weber 
Published in: Bois, Dict. Hort. 804 (1898)

Origin:  Northeastern Mexico, (Coahuila and Nuevo Leon). Altitude 780 - 1.350 m.

Habitat:  Grows clustered together in the fissures of calcareous rock clefts and shingle, over which it stretches and binds together. A beautiful, small, freely

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common NameFeather Cactus, Feather ball,  (The Latin name 'plumosa' means 'feathery')

Synonyms:  

  • Chilita plumosa Orcutt 1926.
  • Neomammillaria plumosa Britton & Rose 1923.
  • Ebnerella plumosa Buxb.1951.
  • Escobariopsis plumosa Alexander Borissovitch Doweld 2000


Photo and
copyright by Irwin Lightstone
(http://www.radiantimagesphotography.net )
 

 

 


Small, growing clustering species with inoffensive white feather-like spines which cover the plant.

Cultivation:
Needs regular water in summer, but for best appearance keep water off of the spines.  Do not let the soil become too dry in winter, either. It does better with a good drained soil mix since it is a rot prone species, whose roots are easily lost in pots that stay damp for any length of time. It takes a couple of years to offset, but once it starts it can fill a 25cm pot in just a few years. Propagation: Seeds, offsets (Cuttings root quickly) Needs full sun or light shade in summer.
 

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