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Ariocarpus agavoides
Scientific Name: Ariocarpus agavoides (Castañeda) E. F. Anderson
Synonym: Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus ssp. agavoides, Neogomesia agavoides
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Ariocarpus  agavoides Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Takes some frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Limited areas in Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas) where it is almost extinct

Growth Habits: Rosette shaped succulent, up to 3 inches in diameter (7.5 cm), tubercles are 1.6 inches long (4 cm), 0.25 inch wide (0.6 cm), with pointed tips; 1 to 3 very short spines.

Watering Needs: Moderate water in summer, little water in winter

Propagation: Seeds

The species name agavoides means 'similar to an Agave', referring to the shape, that is quite un-cactus like. It is occasionally misspelled agavioides.
This species is mostly extinct in the wild due to over-collection.

Ariocarpus  agavoides

Blooming Habits:
The Ariocarpus agavoides has diurnal magenta flowers, 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm) in mid-summer. The second picture shows a partially open flower at the Huntington Botanical Gardens at the end of December (HBG 41144).

Fruiting Habits:

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