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Cabeca de Frade
Scientific Name: Melocactus bahiensis (Br. Et Rose) Werderm
Synonym: Melocactus brederooianus, Melocactus ammotrophus, Melocactus lensselinkianus, Melocactus inconcinnus, Melocactus grisoleoviridis, Melocactus glauxianus, Melocactus acispinosus, Melocactus oreas ssp. bahiensis, Cactus bahiensis, Discocactus bahiensis, Melocactus inconcinnus var. brederooianus
Family: Cactaceae
Cabeca de Frade (Melocactus  bahiensis)
Melocactus bahiensis at Kuentz Nursery in early June
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11-12

Frost Tolerance: Keep above 45F (8C) at all times

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60F (15C)

Sun Exposure: Partial sun

Origin: Brazil (Bahia)

Growth Habits: Globose cactus, 6 inches in diameter (15 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, less in winter. Needs good drainage.


The Melocactus bahiensis has 10 to 12 ribs and a cephalium with many brown bristles.

Cabeca de Frade (Melocactus  bahiensis)

Melocactus lensselinkianus

Blooming Habits:
Pink flowers

Fruiting Habits:

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