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January 31, 2023
Photographer: Menashe Davidson
Summary Author: Menashe Davidson
The pincushion cactus or Mammillaria is a genus in the
Cactaceae family that’s native to the U.S. and Mexico as well as to
mid-latitude regions of South America. This cactus is noted for its
small size (about 6 inches or 15 cm tall), its rounded or cylindrical
shape, its tubercles (rounded projections) arranged in a spiral pattern
and its funnel-shaped flowers (about 1 inch or 25 mm in diameter) that
form a halo around the top.
I grow this popular cactus in my home garden in Rishon LeZion, Israel.
They’re tough plants that tolerate a variety of conditions. What
attracted me most is the crown-like formation of the funnel-shaped
flowers surrounding the top of the plant (top photo). Mammillaria
flowers grow out of the axils between succulent nipple-shaped
tubercles. The axils are covered with wooly hairs or bristles,
whereas the areoles are often covered with a wool or felt-like
substance. Their bloom period, during the summertime, is relatively
short – a few weeks, and these cacti hold their flowers for only about
one week (bottom photo). Note that when viewing the pincushion cacti
from above, a very organized and orderly appearance is observed.
Photos taken on November 18, 2022.
Rishon LeZion, Israel Coordinates: 31.9730, 34.7925
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