Strombocactus pulcherrimus is a superb slow growing miniature
plant from Mexico.
blooms are freely produced throughout the
This plant is very similar if not identical to S.
disciformis the only noticeable difference is the colour of the flowers.
It is a rare
Stems: The body is
spherical up to 3 cm tall, 8 cm in diameter.
crown is slightly
felted. The colour is blue-green with greyish tinge.
It is composed of hard,
1 to 1.8 cm high. These tubercules are flattened and almost
truncated above and somewhat
Spines: 4 to 5, erect and dark grey at the tips and pale grey at
the base, 1.2 to 2 cm long.
Flowers: Arise on the
crown, measure about 3.5 cm in length and breadth
Blossoming time: flowers emerge early in
spring and are freely produced throughout the
summer, remaining open for several days.
Note: Some botanists believe that a specific rank for this taxon
is not necessary.
Strombocactus disciformis ssp. esperanzae Glass &
Publication : British Cactus & Succulent Journal,
Volume 14, No. 4, Decembre 1996
Mexico Xicho (Guanajuato)
Habitat:This plant grows
in rock crevices in nearly vertical
limestone cliffs along with Turbinicarpus alonsoi
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix I
esperanzae has been named in honour of Missis Esperanza Benavides de
Valásquez a local functionary who helped in localize the plant in
- Strombocactus pulcherrimus J. J. Halda (Basionym)
Publication : Cactaceae etc. 3:88 1996
- Ariocarpus pulcherrimus (J. J. Halda) J. J. Halda
Publication : Acta Mus. Richnov. Sect. Nat.,5(1): 37
- Strombocactus disciformis fa. minimus Don Pedro &
- Strombocactus disciformis var. esperanzae (Glass &
S. Arias) don Pedro & Riha 1997
Cultivation: This plant has the same needs of
the standard S. disciformis.
Propagation: Seed, At first
seedlings are very very small, they take one or two years to reach
the diameter of 1 mm!!! Once they have reached 4 years old or more
they are relatively easy to grow - the problem is getting them to 4
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