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Mammillaria sphaerica

  • First description by A. Dietrich, Allg. Gartenz. 21: 94 (1853)

  • Body: Plants forming flat clusters, often to 50 cm (20 in) wide. Stems subglobose, to 5 cm (2in) in diameter.
  • Roots: Thick taproot.
  • Sap: Without latex.
  • Tubercule arrangement:
  • Tubercule: Conical to cylindrical, flabby.
  • Axil: Slightly woolly.
  • Radial spine: 12 – 14, needle like, straight, witish to pale yellow, 6 – 8 mm (0.2 – 0.3 in long.
  • Central spine: 1, yellowish, straight, 3 – 6 mm (to 0.2 in) long.
  • Flower: Bright lemon yellow, 6 – 7 cm (2.4 – 2.8 in) in diameter.
  • Fruit: Greenish to purplish, with pleasant odor.
  • Seed: Black.
  • Flowering period in Cultivation (Europe): July
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  • Habitat Substrate:
  • Geographic Distribution: Southeast Texas, south into Tamaulipas, Mexico. Altitude 100 – 1.000 m.
  • Comments: Spider mites are especially attracted to this species, but often are controlled with overhead watering. Care with repotting is needed, as the thick taproot is easily damaged. Average levels of light are sufficient to induce flowering. Flowers are readily produced, and the plant easily clusters to form mounds.
  • Bibliography:
    John Pilbeam (1999) – Mammillaria The Cactus File Handbook – page 277.

    Edward F. Anderson (2001) – The Cactus Family – page 444.
  • Synonymes:
    M. longimamma var sphaerica

    Dolichothele sphaerica

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