Ariocarpus fissuratus subsp. bravoanus
Ariocarpus fissuratus var. o subsp. fissuratus
Ariocarpus fissuratus var. o subsp. hintonii
Ariocarpus fissuratus var. lloydii
Ariocarpus fissuratus has a very wide distribution area: USA (in south-eastern Texas and in the state of New Mexico), northern Mexico (in the states of Coahuila, Chihuahua and Durango and Zacatecas). It grows in flat limestone areas and gentle rocky slopes between 500 and 1,200 meters above sea level.
Ariocarpus fissuratus, is a small cactus that grows very slowly and is usually solitary; its appearance is of a small rosette, the maximum dimensions are about 20 cm. in diameter and 10 cm. in height. The rosette is composed of tubercles, with a very wrinkled surface, of a green-gray color, which have a longitudinal recess that forms a slot (from which it takes its name) covered with a dense fluff.
The large flowers, in proportion to the plant, are mauve or dark pink color.
Ariocarpus fissuratus is an easy to grow plant, a rather clayey substrate is recommended to avoid stagnation of water and a deep pot so that it can contain the important tuberized root of the taproot. If kept with dry soil, it can resist for a short time even at -10 ° C.
It propagates by seed.
In their natural habitat, beacuse of its appearance resembling limestone chips, this succulent is very well camouflaged with the soil surface.
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