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Mammillaria variabilis

  • First description by Reppenhagen, Kakteen und andere Sukkulenten 36 (10): 206 – 207. 1985.

  • Body: Clustering. Stems globose, later more cylindrical, dark green, sunken apically, 20 – 80 mm high and 20 – 40 mm in diameter.
  • Roots: Fibrous.
  • Sap: Without latex.
  • Now referred to: crinita ssp crinita
  • Tubercule: compact, soft, conical with rounded tip, 7 – 9 mm long and 4 – 5 mm wide at base.
  • Axil: Naked.
  • Radial spine: 14 – 19, flattened against the stem surface, radiating, bristle like, straight, smooth, glassy white, 6 – 10 mm long.
  • Central spine: 4 – 9, needle like, the lowest the longest, darkest, thickest and hooked, smooth, glassy white to reddish brown to dark brown, 7 – 10 mm long.
  • Flower: Funnelform, yellowish, whitish, to carmine pink, 12 – 16 mm long and in diameter. Plants with dark spination have the darkest colored flowers.
  • Fruit: Globose to ovate, whitish to carmine red. 5 – 10 mm long and 2 – 4 mm wide. Ripens 14 months after flowering.
  • Seed: Black, 1,0 mm long and 0,8 mm wide. Hilum basal.
  • Flowering period in Cultivation (Europe): July – august.
  • Minimum temperature: 5- 10?C.
  • Habitat Substrate: On silicat rocks in humus soil.
  • Geographic Distribution: Mexico, Guanajuato, near Estacion Abasolo. Altitude 1.500 – 1800 m.
  • Comments: Reppenhagen and Hunt refers this species to M. fittkaui, Pilbeam and Fitz Maurice regard it synonymous with M.crinita (notice that Hunt and Reppenhagen are of same opinion, for once). Hybrids between variabilis and fittkaui are possible.
  • Bibliography: AfM – LBS Lieferung 09/96 Linzen.

Pictures

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variabilis


Mammillaria Crinita/Mammillaria crinita ssp crinita (syn. M. variabilis ) – Photo Hugo De Cock.jpg


Mammillaria Crinita/Mammillaria crinita ssp crinita (syn. M. variabilis) – ML 477 – Photo Michel Lacoste.jpg


Maps Distribution/Mammillaria crinita ssp crinita (syn. M. variabilis) – distribution map.jpg