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Accepted Scientific Name: Discocactus horstii Buining & Bredero
Kakteen (H. Krainz) 53: CVIf 1973 Krainz
This plant possess an exotic look shared by no other cacti, and generally attracts a lot of attention.
Origin and Habitat: Garden origin.
Discocactus horstii Buining & Bredero
Kakteen (H. Krainz) 53: CVIf 1973
- Discocactus horstii Buining & Bredero
- Discocactus horstii f. cristatus hort.
- Discocactus horstii f. variegatus hort.
- Discocactus woutersianus Bredero & M.van de Broek
Description: Solitary globose cactus with a radially segmented body, ca. 5-8 cm in diameter. Plant height with cephalium 4 to 5 cm; ribs 12 to 20 prominent with 12 to 14 areoles per rib on plants with cephalium The colour of the epidermis is green and yellow.
Radial spines: 8 to10 light coloured recurved backwards in a comb like arrangement, 2-4 mm long.
Flowers: The deliciously fragrant nocturnal blooms are 7.5 cm long, 6 cm inches in diameter .
Blooming season: Flowers come in profusion in summer, out of a cephalium covered by whitish to light brown wool and bristles.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Discocactus horstii group
- Discocactus horstii Buining & Bredero: has disc shaped stems 5-6 cm in diameter with 12-22 narrow ribs. Spines inconspicuous 8-10, 2-4 mm long, recurved backwards pectinate. Distribution: Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Discocactus horstii f. cristatus hort.: Crested form.
- Discocactus horstii f. variegatus hort.: Variegated form.
- Discocactus woutersianus Bredero & M.van de Broek: is a natural hybrid between Discocactus horstii and Discocactus insignis. Distribution: Serra do Barrao, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
An importation from Japan. Photo by: Cactus Art
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Cultivation and Propagation: This tropical cactus prefers loves warm moist, humid conditions and mist spraying is a must in summer. It needs heat all year round and extra winter heat, minimum 10°C is best. Avoid any frost. Keep cool in summer. This plant prove to be root prone if kept too cold in winter. It prefers a half sun position and possibly full afternoon shade in summer. If you can place it so that this occurs the plant will be much happier.
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