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Elephants Tooth
Scientific Name: Coryphantha elephantidens Lem.
Synonym: Mammillaria recurvispina, Coryphantha sulcolanata, Cactus sulcolanatus, Echinocactus sulcolanatus, Mammillaria sulcolanata, Mammillaria retusa, Coryphantha recurvispina, Cactus recurvispinus, Mammillaria bumamma, Coryphantha garessii, Coryphantha greenwoodii, Coryphantha bumamma, Cactus elephantidens, Echinocactus elephantidens, Mammillaria elephantidens
Family: Cactaceae
Elephants Tooth (Coryphantha  elephantidens) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 26F (-3C), keep dry in winter.

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Mexico (Michoacan)

Growth Habits: Clumping globular cactus, each head is up to 6 inches in diameter (15 cm); rounded tubercles up to 1.6 inches long (4 cm), 2.4 inches wide (6 cm); woolly axils; no central spines; 6-8 radials

Watering Needs: Water sparingly, needs good drainage. Keep drier in winter

Propagation: Offsets, seeds

The tubercles are usually arranged in 13 rows tipped with a few small radial spines. The light pink flowers produced in the fall are scented
The name of this Genus is derived from the Greek "koryphe" for summit and "anthos" for flower.
The second photo was labeled Coryphantha bumamma at the Huntington Garden, and the third photo Coryphantha garessii.

Coryphantha bumamma at the Huntington Botanical Garden

Coryphantha garessii at the Huntington Gardens in early July

Blooming Habits:
Sweet smelling large 2 to 3 inches pink flowers (6 to 7.5 cm) are produced in late summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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