Nuevo Leon Living Rock Cactus (Ariocarpus scaphirostris)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Indehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Magenta
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 31, 2019 6:33 PM

Small, dark green or brown, geophytic plant with exaggerated tubercles and large purple-pink flowers. Tubercles are triangular in cross section and more than twice as long as wide. Only the tubercles usually rise above ground level. 1.6 to 3.5 inches wide.

Known from only a few places in the Valle de Rayones, Nuevo León, Mexico. No other Ariocarpus is found in this location. Endangered. Uncommon in cultivation.

The species name was originally spelled scapharostrus when it was described in 1930, but this was later changed to scaphirostris. It comes from the Greek word for boat (skaphos) and the Latin word for beak (rostrum), referring to the shape of the tubercles.

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