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Scientific Name: Melocactus curvispinus ssp. caesius (H. L. Wendl. ex Miq.) N.P. Taylor
Synonym: Melocactus griseus, Cactus caesius, Melocactus caesius
Family: Cactaceae
Buche (Melocactus  curvispinus ssp. caesius)
Melocactus caesius 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: Coastal areas of Venezuela, northern Colombia

Growth Habits: Solitary, up to 12 inches tall (30 cm), 11 inches in diameter (27 cm)

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


The Melocactus caesius has 10-12 ribs and a whitish cephalium. It is now often considered as a subspecies of Melocactus curvispinus.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Red fruit

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