Astrophytum myriostigma cv. Fukuryu nudum
Astrophytum myriostigma cv. Fukuryu (type B) nudum
Astrophytum myriostigma cv. Fukuryu nudum is a pretty rare form of A. myriostigma Fukuryu type B. It is a usually solitary plant, and its stem is characterised by its irregular appearance: it presents more ribs than usual, with many, irregular and well visible “warts” in between. The epidermis is smooth.
This Astrophytum is a relatively easy-to-grow species. It needs a mineral, well-draining soil, with little humus. Water sparingly from March till October, letting the soil getting dry before watering again. To avoid root rot and frost damages, keep it dry from the beginning of autumn to the end of winter. It is theoretically hardy to -7°C, but during cold months keep it in a cool place. It does well from full sun to light shade.
Propagation is almost enterily done by seeds.
The name of the genus Astrophytum derives from the Greek words “astèr” which means “star” and “phytòn” which means “plant”, as these particular cacti have many ribs, which, seen from above, look just like stars.
The japanese word “Fukuryu” refers to the “extra” ribs on the stem of the plant.