tephrocactus Maihueniopsis glomeratus
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Tephrocactus glomeratus Maihueniopsis glomerata
Endemic to Argentina, the species grows in puna habitat. It occurs in sandy or clayey plains as well as in stony hills.
Maihueniopsis glomerata (copana cactus) is a small cactus species forming low, spreading, strong-jointed, hemispheric clumps. It is a smaller and sometimes less spiny version of Maihueniopsis darwinii, with oval to elongated, egg-shaped stems either erect or prostrate. Throughout its natural range there is considerable variation in segment size, spine colour, spine count per areola etc. such that this species is now to be found under numerous, ill-defined varietal names in cultivation, but these all seem to be forms of this very variable species.
Root: It has a carrot-sized taproot.
Flowers: Light yellow, to 5 cm long.
Cultivation and Propagation: Maihueniopsis glomerata is an easy-to-grow plant cold-hardy. It can survive outside in the garden in the sunny rockery on a sheltered place. It is also very good for a pot which can be stored inside an unheated greenhouse or on a balcony, somewhat protected from moisture during the winter.
Potting medium: It has a carrot-sized taproot and does best in garden loam that is gritty, but not rocky. In pots use a cactus mix or add extra perlite or pumice to regular soil potting soil. A gritty, very free-draining compost is suitable, and clay pots help the plants to dry out between watering. For best results, use a deep pot. We suggest repotting every 2-3 years.
Hardiness: It doesn't fear cold weather and it bears very harsh frost, and temperatures of around -10° degrees Celsius did not harm these plants at all. They should not be kept hot in summer as they are from high elevations. In its high mountain habitats this charming, little cactus is often buried under snow for long periods of winter. It does not require such a covering, but the plant is better able to survive without cold damage when a layer of mulch protects it if there is not snow cover during the harshest months.
Sun Exposure: It is essential to give full sun; otherwise they will become atypical. If grown in full sun, the new growth will flower profusely in spring and summer.
Watering: These plants only from time to time if grown outdoors, but it should be watered abundantly if grown in a pot or in the greenhouse, during the summer.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||spring and summer|
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Scientific Name||tephrocactus Maihueniopsis glomeratus|
|Shape||Oval to elongated|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|