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Turbinicarpus pseudomacrochele ssp. krainzianus
Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus pseudomacrochele ssp. krainzianus (G. Frank) Backeb.
Synonym: Pediocactus pseudomacrochele var. krainzianus, Toumeya krainziana, Turbinicarpus krainzianus, Neolloydia krainziana
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Turbinicarpus  pseudomacrochele ssp. krainzianus
Turbinicarpus krainzianus at Kuentz Nursery in early June
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25F (-4C) for a short period

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to part sun

Origin: Mexico (Hidalgo, Queretaro)

Growth Habits: Usually solitary or slowly clumping, dark green stems, up to 1.5 inches tall (4 cm), 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm); thick tuberous root; tubercles in 11 spirals, 4 mm high; white woolly areoles in new growth, progressively becoming bare; 6 to 8 twisting spines, up to 0.5-1.2 inches long (3 cm), old areoles without spine.

Watering Needs:


Turbinicarpus  pseudomacrochele ssp. krainzianus

Turbinicarpus  pseudomacrochele ssp. krainzianus

Blooming Habits:
Diurnal flowers, cream or greenish cream, in summer, up to 0.8 inch long (2 cm). The original description calls for a greenish midstripe, but there are clones around with pinkish midstripes. Spherical, bare, fruit, 0.1 to 0.2 inch in diameter (3-5 mm), with remnants of dried flower. The fruit is green at first, and turns progressively, partially red as it matures. It opens when ripe with a vertical split and let the 20 to 25 black seeds out.

Fruiting Habits:

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