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Turbinicarpus beguinii var. senilis
(syn: Gymnocactus beguinii var. senilis)

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T. beguinii var. senilis
This form (or cultivar) grows relativeley fast up to 18-25 cm tall and has a dense covering of glassy white long curved spines. As plants ages became brown and corky towards the base.

 

Cultivation: It’s a fairly easy and robust species to cultivate, but very slow growing.  It needs a very well-drained soil, and requires strong sun to part sun to keep the plant compact and low and to develop a good spinal growth. Waterings should be rather infrequent to keep the plant compact, and avoid its becoming excessively elongated and unnatural in appearance. Furthermore it has a tap root, and watering it properly is often difficult, because it tends to crack open or rot if over-watered. Keep dry in winter, or when night temperatures remain below 10° C.  It is hardy to -4°C for a short period.  Assure a good ventilation.

Reproduction: From seed, since the plant rarely produces plantlets, or grafted.

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of the Turbinicarpus mandragora complex (This taxon has lots of synonyms whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):

 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES Appendix I

Gymnocactus beguinii var. senilis Y. Ito

Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus beguinii (N. P. Taylor) Mosco et Zanovello 1997  
Published in: Bradleya; Yearbook of the British Cactus and Succulent Society 15: 81, 1997

Origin:  Coahuila, Mexico ? Rowley (Rep. Pl. Succ. 23: 8, 1972) considers this to be merely a long spined cultivar (Nursery produced ) and is treated as a synonym of T. mandragora ssp. beguinii by Jonas M. Lüthy.
Group: 
Gymnocactus group (Saueri aggregate)

Synonyms:

  • Turbinicarpus beguinii ssp. senilis Zachar & Lux
  • Gymnocactus beguinii var. senilis Y. Ito
    Published in: The Cactaceae, 1981:475
  • Neolloydia smithii v senilis


Flower are broadly funnel-shaped bright magenta .
Length and diameter of the flower 3-5 cm.
 

 


 


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