Biznaga de Brandegee (Mammillaria brandegeei)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
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
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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 Vizcaíno Desert) has been absorbed by subsp. gabbii.

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