ML366 Microwave station San
km145 of MEX-190, Oaxaca - Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico 1150m
This is a nice species with heavy gold
or amber hooked spines.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Mammillaria rekoi.
Scientific name: Mammillaria
pullihamata Reppenhagen 1987
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Mammillaria rekoi (Britton &
Rose) Vaupel 1925
- Neomammillaria rekoi Britton &
- Ebnerella rekoi (Britton & Rose)
- Mammillaria mitlensis Bravo 1956
- Mammillaria pseudorekoi Boed.
Mammillaria rekoi in cultivation starts clustering at about 3
to 5 years old from seed. (while in its natural
environment it is simple and rarely branches).
Stems: Globose to short cylindrical, green, 12-15 cm high, 5 - 6 cm
in diameter. Sometimes with latex.
Tubercle: Conical to cylindrical. (Tubercle
arrangement: 8-13 )
Areoles: Woolly when young.
Axil: With short white wool and white bristles.
Radial spine: About 20(-30), radiating, finely bristly,
needle-like, white to golden yellow, 4 - 6 mm long.
Central spine: 4(-7), much stouter than the radials, yellow,
amber or brown, hooked or sometimes straight, 10 - 15 mm long, the lower
one sometimes strongly hooked.
Flower: Deep purple pink to pink, with darker midribs,
up to 15 mm long, stigmas greenish. The petals
flare back at the ends, rather than
Blooming season (Europe): Spring.
Over time Mammillaria rekoi has been variously
named, but nowadays there are only three recognized subspecies:
- The subspecies 'rekoi' grows mostly with
a solitary stem. It only has 4 central spines, with the lower one
hooked, and 20 white radial spines per areole.
- The subspecies 'aureispina' sometimes
grows multiple stems. It has 5-7 central spines and 20-23 yellow
golden radial spines per areole.
- The subspecies 'leptacantha' forms
clump frequently. It has 4-6 central spines that are curved and
hooked, with 27-30 radial spines per areole.
Requires excellent drainage provided by porous cactus soil. We suggest
repotting every 2-3 years. Prefers bright light and ample airflow.
Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside it needs bright light, and some
direct sun. Water
the soil abundantly when it is dry to the touch.
Allow soil to drain
thoroughly before watering again. Do not water much in the winter (Rot
prone). Protect from frost. But
it's hardy to -5°C if kept dry. During
the beautiful season enrich the soil using a fertilizer rich in
potassium and phosphorous, but poor in nitrogen, because this chemical
element doesn’t help the development of succulent plants, making them
too soft and full of water. Easily
clustering, it's an easy
Most plants will offset readily, and
clumps can be produced in a few years.
Propagation: Division, direct sow after last