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Pelecyphora aselliformis


Common Name(s): Hatchet Cactus, Little Peyote, Peyote, Woodlouse Cactus
Synonym(s): Cereus greggii
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Distribution: San Luis Potosi - Mexico (North America)
Habit: Globose
Flower: PinkEncounterability: Unusual in Collections
Species Notes: This species is listed in Appendix I of CITES.
Original Description: Dictionnaire d horticulture part 2 p.931-932 - P. Klincksieck (1899)
Clavate or subglobose small plant, not exceeding 5-6 cm sometimes tufted, grayish-green tubercles covered basic rhombic base, very close together, arranged in spirals, and surmounted by an oval areole, denticulated or fringed, 'aselliforme', that is to say, having the form of a woodlouse,

Very pretty pink flower, arising from between the tubers near the top, similar to an arrow. of mammillaria, 2-3 cm diameter, perigonial divisions spatulate, acuminate, the interiors are a purplish pink, the exterior are a paler pink. orange anthers, white stigmas.

Often grown under the name of Pelecyphora aselliformis or pectinifera, a very pretty plant that resembles P. aselliformis, but which by its botanical characters, is a real Mamillaria, see Mammillaria pectinifera.
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Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: CSSA Show at Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: CSSA Show at Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Craig and Denise Fry's Personal Collection

Photographer: Craig Fry

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Daniel's Private Collection

Photographer: Daniel

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Daniel's Private Collection

Photographer: Daniel

Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel
Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel
Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Private Collection -Baku city, Azerbaijan

Photographer: Ilham Alekperov
Pelecyphora aselliformis
P. aselliformis
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel

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