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Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (Nursery produced hybrid).
Ariocarpus fissuratus K.Schum. in Engl. & Prantl
Nat. Pflanzenfam. Nachtr. [Engler & Prantl] 3, Abt. 6a: 195. 1894
- Ariocarpus fissuratus K.Schum. in Engl. & Prantl
- Anhalonium Engelmannii Lem.
- Anhalonium fissuratum (Engelm.) Engelm.
- Mammillaria fissurata Engelm.
- Roseocactus fissurams A.Berger
- Roseocactus fissuratus (Engelm.) A.Berger
- Ariocarpus fissuratus f. aurea
- Ariocarpus fissuratus var. lloydii (Rose) W.T.Marshall
- Ariocarpus fissuratus subs. lloydii (Rose) U.Guzmán
- Ariocarpus lloydii Rose
- Roseocactus lloydii (Rose) A.Berger
- Ariocarpus fissuratus var. lloydii f. aurea hort.
- Ariocarpus fissuratus var. lloydii f. cristata hort.
- Ariocarpus fissuratus f. monstruosus
- Ariocarpus fissuratus var. pailanus Halda
- Ariocarpus fissuratus f. pectinatus hort.
- Ariocarpus fissuratus f. rubra hort.
- Ariocarpus intermedius (Backeb. & Kilian) M.Voldan
- Roseocactus intermedius Backeb. & Kilian
- Ariocarpus lloydii var. mayor Frič
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Cauliflower x Godzilla
- Ariocarpus fissuratus var. lloydii cv. latus
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla (Cotton Flock Type)
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla aurata
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla variegata
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Green Coral
- Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Tri-fingers
Description: This is a slow growing cactus obtained by crossing ♀ Ariocarpus retusus cv. Cauliflower x ♂ Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla. The superb features of this rare plant are due to the intersection between the traits of the ancestors. It has inherited by Ariocarpus retusus cv. Cauliflower the huge warty triangular grey-green tubercles and by Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Godzilla the strongly structured surface. This hybrid is very variable and differences among specimens may be considerable.
Ariocarpus fissuratus cv. Cauliflower x Godzilla Photo by: Raimondo Paladini
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Cultivation and Propagation: It is not too difficult in a greenhouse, although grows extremely slowly. The plants need deep pots to accommodate the napiform unit formed by the stem base and the rootstock (or they will often simply crack your pots), and a loose mineral soil with a well-drained substrate. They need a good amount of light. Watering can be done weekly during summertime, if the weather is sunny enough, with a little fertilizer added. Kept this way, plants will show a healthy, although slow growth.
Propagation: By seeds, remembering that seedlings dislike strong light and dry conditions and need to be repotted frequently. Eventually, as they become mature, they attain a maximum size of 20 to 25 cm. But plants are often grafted to accelerate growth as they would generally take at least a decade to reach maturity on their own, but the grafted plants are typical rather tall growing, compared with plants on their own roots that are usually more flat to the ground. It starts blooming at the age of 8-12 years.
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