Matucana aureiflora is a great
plant, with unusually golden flowers that stay open day and night.
cactus is still often encountered under the name of Borzicactus
Description: Flattened to globular cactus.
Stem: 10 cm tall, 12 cm or more in diameter.
Roots: Tap root.
Spines: Curly, glassy and amber coloured.
Leafs: The stem apex of
the Matucana aureiflora is unusual among
globular cacti in having a visible scale leaf, subtending each areole
Flowers: Yellow to golden , 5 cm long, 3-4cm in diameter in
several flushes, in spring and summer.
They stay open day and night.
F. Ritter F. Ritter In:
Kakteen und and. Sukkulenten, 16: 229, 1965
Origin: Peru (Camajarca)
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Submatucana aureiflora (Ritt.) Backeb.
Kakteenlexikon, p. 459, 1966.
- Borzicactus aureiflorus (Ritt.) Don.
Succ. J., 26: 10, 1971.
- Matucana celendinensis,
- Matucana aureiflora var. elata n. n.
- Submatucana aureiflora var. elata n. n.
- Submatucana aureiflora var. incaica n. n.
- Matucana incaica n. n.
- Oroya incaica var. aureiflora n. n
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aureiflora grow slowly in their natural habitats, but in
greenhouses they grow quickly. Not very hard to grow if protected from
freezing temperatures, they need care in cultivation to reach a good
size without developing unsightly marks. They need a minimum temperature
of 10° C, but may to survive a light frost. Some direct sun is
beneficial in order to get a good spine coloration, but not severe
Grow in rich, porous soil and let the soil dry out between waterings.
It needs good drainage and a deep pot to accommodate its tap root
Repot in the spring when the roots become cramped. Generally, these
plants should be re-potted every other year, in order to provide fresh
soil. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll need larger
containers. After repotting, do not water for a week or more.