Biznaga de Brandegee (Mammillaria brandegeei) in the Mammillarias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Greenish yellow, brownish yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Nov 5, 2019 7:12 PM

Solitary or clumping Mammillaria with yellow or yellowish flowers from Baja California. Usually low growing in habitat. Stems are green, with 1-4 reddish brown central spines and 9-16 pale radial spines. Tubercles are square at the base and conical. Flowers may be various shades of yellow, including greenish yellow or brownish yellow. Found around the middle of the peninsula.

Three subspecies are recognized: Mammillaria (Mammillaria brandegeei subsp. brandegeei) (2-4 centrals, brownish or greenish yellow flowers); Biznaga de El Rancho Mezquital (Mammillaria brandegeei subsp. gabbii) (1-2 centrals, northern form); and Biznaga Vieja de Punta Prieta (Mammillaria brandegeei subsp. glareosa) (low-growing with 1 central spine, tuberous roots, from near Santa Rosalillita Bay). The former subsp. lewisiana (1-3 long, curved centrals, from the northern VizcaĆ­no Desert) has been absorbed by subsp. gabbii.

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