Cactus Identification

cactusboyFebruary 11, 2006

I've had this thing for 35 years. It flowers in February with tiny pink flowers.

Any ideas?

IÂve posted some pictures of the cactus here.

http://www.crwphoto.com/Cactus/Cactus_Identification.html

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tjsangel(z5 OH)

Hi,

Looks to be some sort of Mammillaria. I cant tell for certain, the pic is a little blurry. Maybe someone knows for sure.

Jen

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 4:14PM
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Joyce(Zone 7b LI, NY)

Should be called Mammillaria lilliputiana.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 4:35PM
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ariole(z7DE)

When I first looked at your pic Mammillaria prolifera came to mind. Does it get red seed pods, kinda large for the small size of the plant? I no longer keep prolifera but remember the flowers as more yellow than pink.

There are also some very small Escobarias.

Al

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 4:56PM
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ariole(z7DE)

And then there is Mammillaria glassii. This is my plant and it is blooming today. Flowers small and pink but the individual heads on mine might be a tad larger than yours.

Al

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 5:02PM
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cactusboy

It might be Mammillaria prolifera var. texana I'm still looking for good pictures for comparison. Yes it will get red seed pods but they remain very small. I think we nailed the family.

Here is a link that might be useful: Enlargements for Identification

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 5:11PM
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tjsangel(z5 OH)

Al your Mamm is absolutely stunning! WOW : )

Jen

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 8:41PM
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cactuspolecat(Tasmania Aust)

G'day cactusboy, I think Mammillaria prolifera var. texana is the correct name for this one, I no longer have one of these, but yours is just as I remember mine!

CP

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 9:07PM
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cactusboy

Thanks guys

cactusboy

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 11:56PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Looks like vetula ssp gracilis to me.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2006 at 12:54PM
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peter_rabbit(z9 So. Calif.)

I looks like Mammillaria prolifera ssp arachnoidea. Nice plant.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 7:20AM
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Pieter(Spain)

Hi,
There are no forms of M. profifera known that have pink flowers, all have flowers in shades of yellow.
There do however exist some forms and cultivars of M. gracilis with pink flowers, but I don't think these do exist 35 years already (well 38 in the meantime).
A detailed picture is needed to tell something for sure.
Pieter

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 11:44AM
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Pieter(Spain)

I just looked at the added link with more pictures. The plant does look a lot like M. prolifera, but the flowers should be yellow. Possible?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 11:48AM
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paulzie32(9)

Wow! Cool looking Plant! has anyone figured out what it is?
Cactusboy, Has your plant ever made fruit and seeds? Don't suppose you have any seeds to spare? Or maybe a had or two that may have come lose? :-)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 10:00PM
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