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Turbinicarpus mandragora ssp. pailanus
Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus mandragora ssp. pailanus (Halda & Panarotto) J. Lthy
Synonym: Gymnocactus beguinii, Gymnocactus beguinii, Gymnocactus beguinii, Turbinicarpus pailanus, Neolloydia pailana
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Turbinicarpus  mandragora ssp. pailanus
Turbinicarpus mandragora var. pailanus, picture by Gordon Smith
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25F (-4C) for a short period

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to part sun

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila: Sierra de Paila)

Growth Habits: Solitary, subglobose cactus, up to 2 inches tall (5 cm), 2.4 inches in diameter (6 cm); woolly apex; 13 to 21 tubercled ribs; 2 central spines, around 1 inch long (2.5 cm), 1 erect, the second horizontal;11-16 stiff white radials, radiating horizontally, 0.4 inch long (1 cm).

Watering Needs:


Blooming Habits:
Apricot colored flowers, with purplish midveins, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm). The urn-shaped fruits are 0.5 inch long (12 mm) containing black seeds.

Fruiting Habits:

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