Mammillaria microcarpa characteristics

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What is Mammillaria microcarpa like?

Scientific name: Mammillaria microcarpa / Mammillaria grahami

– Classification:

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Cariofilales

Family: Cactaceae


  • Length: 7 – 20 cm.
  • Diameter: 7’5 – 10 cm.
  • Habitat: Deserts and arid plains.
  • Distribution: North America.

Facts about this cactus

Mammillaria microcarpa
Mammillaria microcarpa cactus photo
  • This cactus has up to 3 central spines, although it usually only has a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown recurved central spine, which reaches 2.5 cm in some cases, although it can measure a little more than 1 cm in length.
  • Surrounding each central spine, there are between 20 and 35 radial spines, very short and straight, generally white.
  • The areoles, in which the spines are attached, are cylindrical to oval in shape.
  • Its stems, generally one per individual, but can also be several, have a short cylindrical to spherical shape.
  • This species is native to the North American states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. It also grows in the border area of Mexico with Arizona, as well as in the rest of the states of Sonora, in addition to Chihuahua and Sinaloa, and in general in northern Mexico.
  • The flowering of the Mammillaria microcarpa cactus occurs in its place of origin between April and May. There is a considerable variety in the color of its flowers, ranging from purple, lavender, reddish or pink to white.
  • Its fruits are almost spherical, measuring 1’2 to 2.5 cm in length and have a scarlet red color, which coincides with the length values of its central spines. Inside you can see the black seeds.

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7 March, 2021

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