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Origin and Habitat: Garden origin
Obregonia denegrii f. monstruosa hort.
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Obregonia denegrii Frič
Život v Přír. 29(2), 14 [Kakt. a Succ. 3] fig. (1925); cf. Gray Herb. CardCat., Issue 114.
- Obregonia denegrii Frič
Obregonia denegrii f. aurata hort.
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Obregonia denegrii f. cristata hort.
Description: Obregonia is among the most famous of all cacti for is unique artichoke-shaped stem.
The monstrous form differs from the standard type for its free branching habit (Obregonia denegrii is always solitary), for the stocky, rounded tubercles with woolly white areoles, the spines are also shorter.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Obregonia denegrii group
- Obregonia denegrii Frič: has an unique artichoke shaped stem that grows levelled with the ground, with a sunk and woolly apex. Distribution: Mexico (Tamaulipas: Ciudad Victoria)
- Obregonia denegrii f. aurata hort.: schizochromic form with uniformly yellow stems due to the absence (or very reduced production) of chlorophyll pigments.
- Obregonia denegrii f. cristata hort.: crested form. The stem which is fan shaped up to 30 cm (or more) long with age.
- Obregonia denegrii f. monstruosa hort.: monstrous form. Has a free branching habit (Obregonia denegrii is always solitary) with stocky, rounded tubercles with woolly white areoles, the spines are also shorter.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Edward Anderson “The Cactus family” Timber Press, Incorporated, 2001
2) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey "The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass" Cambridge University Press, 11/Aug/2011
3) David R Hunt; Nigel P Taylor; Graham Charles; International Cactaceae Systematics Group. "The New Cactus Lexicon" dh books, 2006
4) N. L. Britton, J. N. Rose “The Cactaceae. Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family.” Volume 4, The Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington 1923, page. 41
5) Curt Backeberg “Die Cactaceae: Handbuch der Kakteenkunde” Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart New York 1982–1985
Obregonia denegrii f. monstruosa Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Cultivation and Propagation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant is not too difficult in a greenhouse, although grows quite slowly. It is usually seen as a grafted plant but nay grows on its own roots too.
Soil: Use mineral well permeable mineral soil with little organic matter (peat, humus).
Exposure: They need a good amount of light shade to full sun this help to keep the plants healthy, although slow growth.
Watering: Water sparingly from March till October (weekly during summertime, if the weather is sunny enough) , with a little fertilizer added. Less or no water during cold winter months, or when night temperatures remain below 10° to prevent root loss. It is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone).
Fertilization: Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which can be fatal during the darker cold months.
Hardiness: Keep perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees centigrade. (but it is relatively cold resistant and hardy to -5° C, or possibly colder for short periods) In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!! (Temperature Zone: USDA 9-11)
Crested growth: Unlike 'monstrose' varieties of plants, where the variation from normal growth is due to genetic mutation, crested growth can occur on normal plants. Sometimes it's due to variances in light intensity, or damage, but generally the causes are unknown. A crested plant may have some areas growing normally, and a cresting plant that looks like a brain, may revert to normal growth for no apparent reason. If you have any of the crested part left you need to remove the normal growth and leave the crested part behind this will need to be done regularly.
Propagation: Grafting or cuttings. Plants are usually grafted onto column-shaped cacti but proved to be able to produce their own roots if degrafted. Cuttings will take root in a minimum temperature of 20° C (but better in hot weather). Cuttings of healthy shoots can be taken in the spring and summer. Cut the stem with a sharp, sterile knife, leave the cutting in a warm, dry place for a week or weeks (depending on how thick the cutting is) until a callus forms over the wound. Once the callus forms, the cutting may be inserted in a container filled with firmed cactus potting mix topped with a surface layer of coarse grit. They should be placed in the coarse grit only; this prevents the cut end from becoming too wet and allows the roots to penetrate the rich compost underneath.
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