Mammillaria of the Month
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Mammillaria wiesingeri ssp. apamensis
|These two plants are clearly
very similar, although the first was named as Mammillaria apamensis and
the second Mammillaria mundtii when I received them from a Belgian
friend in 2009.
Mammillaria wiesinger ssp. apamensis, to give it its formally accepted name, is a variant of a plant that closely resembles Mammillaria rhodantha. The main differences between the subspecies and the type are down to the number of spines, mainly radial spines, but sometimes central as well (in Reppenhagen's M. apamensis v. pratensis).
It comes from the state of Hidalgo at a considerable height, in mountains close to 2600 metres (8500 ft). It is not a difficult plant to grow, and builds girth slowly, remaining subglobular, the examples shown being in 4" pots.