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 ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?

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PostSubject: ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?   Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:45 pm

Just got given this handsome looking plant (http://i.imgur.com/C1yg0q4.jpg) as a Mammillaria - Quite wooly at the top, and the mammae are upward pointing, while tipped by 2 dark curved central spines. The whole plant is about 5-6 cm tall. For some reason I have doubts that this is even a Mam?

Any ideas?

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PostSubject: Re: ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?   Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:27 am

It's Coryphantha!
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PostSubject: Re: ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?   Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:04 pm

mmartic wrote:
It's Coryphantha!

I think you are bang on! Now that I've got Coryphanta in my minds eye, the overall aspect sort of reminds me of C. tripugionacantha, (except that the plant has only 2 strong black spines per tubercle instead of 3), so it's probably not that one....

Do you think that ID could be refined down to species level?
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PostSubject: Re: ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?   Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:07 pm

try checking out C. pallida, quite variable, so look at several photos on Google.

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PostSubject: Re: ID request - Is this even a Mammillaria?   Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:30 pm

Chris43 wrote:
try checking out C. pallida, quite variable, so look at several photos on Google.

I went to the key in Dicht & Lüthy 2005 and did some measuring and counting: confirmed as C. pallida (var. pallida).


Good call, I'm impressed!

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