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Pinecone Cactus
Scientific Name: Pelecyphora strobiliformis (Werdermann) Fric&Schelle
Synonym: Encephalocarpus strobiliformis, Ariocarpus strobiliformis
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Pinecone Cactus (Pelecyphora  strobiliformis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 45°F (7°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Chihuahuan desert - Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas)

Growth Habits: Generally solitary, globose cactus, growing slowly to 1.6 to 2.4 inches in diameter (4-6 cm); tubercle bases 0.3 to 0.5 inch wide (7-12 mm); 7 to 14 spines, 0.2 inch long (5 mm), on young areoles only

Watering Needs: Keep dry in winter, water a little from April to September

Propagation: Seeds

Pelecyphora strobiliformis, picture by Gordon Smith

Blooming Habits:
Pink flowers close to the apex, 0.6 to 1.2 inches in diameter (1.5-3 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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