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Counter-Clockwise Fishhook
Scientific Name: Mammillaria mainiae K. Brandegee
Synonym: Neomammillaria mainiae, Ebnerella mainae, Chilita mainae
Family: Cactaceae
Counter-Clockwise Fishhook (Mammillaria  mainiae) Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Arizona), Mexico (Sonora, northern Sinaloa)

Growth Habits: Generally solitary in the wild, slowly branching from the base in cultivation, globose stems up to 5 inches tall (12 cm), 1.6 to 2.8 inches in diameter (4-7 cm); axils bare; 1 to 3 central spines, one of them hooked, 0.6 to 0.8 inch long (15-20 mm); 10 to 15 radials, 0.24 to 0.4 inch long (6-10 mm)

Watering Needs: Needs good drainage, keep underpotted

Propagation: Offsets, seeds

The name 'counter-clockwise' refers to the hooked spines. The hooks are oriented laterally and their general pattern shows a clear counter-clockwise orientation

Blooming Habits:
Pink flowers around the apex of the plant, 0.4 to 0.8 inches long (10-20 mm), 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), in June and July. The fruit is red, globose, 0.24 to 0.32 inch long (6-8 mm), 0.12 to 0.2 inch in diameter (3-5 mm), below the spines.

Fruiting Habits:

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