Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus


Anhalonium fissipedum
Anhalonium kotchubeyi
Anhalonium kotschoubeyanum
Ariocarpus rotchubeyanus
Cactus Kotschubeyi Kuntze
Roseocactus kotschoubeyanus


This species is native to Mexico and endemic in South America from central Coahuila to Queretaro.


This species is a flat, geophyte cactus: it forms a star-shaped, usually solitary rosette with large, dark olive green, triangulate tubercles. The tubecles forms a central areolar hollow extending to the tips of the tubercles. During autumn, it will bloom with bright pink – deep purple flowers, which are diurnal and will last up to 4 days.


This species needs a well-drained soil: you can put it in deep container with loose mineral substrate. It need a good amount of light to grow. Water it weekly during summertime, letting the soil get dry before watering again; you can also add a little fertilizer. This plant is theorically frost hardy to -10°C.


Propagation can be done by seeds: avoid strong light and dry conditions and repot them frequently.


The variety elephantidens grows much larger than the other Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus.

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