werdermannii Bödeker 1932
Published in: Monatsschr. Deutsch. Kakteen-Ges.
The species is a regional endemic of Sierra Paila,
Coahuila. Reported from south of Cuatro Cienegas, near the road to San
Pedro de las Colonias in Coahuila over ca. 80 km along the road in a
depth of many kilometres.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 1.
Habitat: This is the only Coryphantha included
in app. I of
CITES. In nature it is not endangered at all (a very conservative
estimate comes already to ca. 200'000 individuals on the gentle slopes
north of the Sierra de Paila) The species grows in 3 different habitat
types: Alluvial plain, gravely bajada and limestone rocks. Highest
population densities are observed on bajadas. These habitats are in
extremely dry regions.
Coryphantha werdermannii PP200
A ten years old seedling but with still juvenile spination.
This species is very slow growing and not very willing to flower, in
fact they will flower only when they reach the age of 8 to 14 years.
This species is one of those Coryphanthas
which pass a purely radial-spined long youth stage in which they are
already floriferous. Most of the plants after several years
develop the central spines, giving the plant its sea urchin
Cultivation: Somewhat sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) and very slow-growing.
Because of it’s small size makes a great potted
plant specimen, usually reserved to experienced collectors,
Grow in a mineral
cactus compost, requires good
Water in moderation, keep drier in
Full sun to
partial shade but is tolerant and prefers light shade during
the hot Summer months.. Provide very good
ventilation. Frost Tolerance: Hardy to - 5°C if kept dry.
Seeds as usually shoots are not available.