Tephrocactus neuquensis


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Tephrocactus platyacanthus
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Tephrocactus hickenii
Opuntia neuquensis
Maihueniopsis neuquensis
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Tepherocactus Neuquensis is native to Neuquèn that is a province of Argentina, located in the west of the country, at the northern of Patagonia.
Is a cacti that grow in a mountain and steppe area where the thermal excursion is very hight.

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T. Neuquensis is a cacti with an elongated dark green or greyish-green stem, which branches easily.
In the upper of areoles with glochids there are white spines curved in different direction (most commonly downwards).
Flowers are yellow


This cacti is very strong: it prefers a full sun exposure and is hardly sensitive to moisture. In winter Tephrocactus neuquensis can resist even for short period at temperatures below 0°C with dry soil. We recommended to shelter it in ventilated place.
Watering enough during the growing period. Gradually decrease watering until stops during the winter


Can propagate either by cutting or by seed.
Best reproduced is by cuttings: you can use little branches, wait until their wound dries completely up before putting them in a new soil.


The name of the genus Tephrocactus derives from Greek “Tephra” meaning “ash” which refers to the grayish color of epidermis. Neuquensis derives from is native habitat: Neuquèn (province of Argentina).

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