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Mammillaria melanocentra ssp. melanocentra
Scientific Name: Mammillaria melanocentra ssp. melanocentra Poselger
Synonym: Mammillaria euthele, Mammillaria runyonii
Family: Cactaceae
Mammillaria  melanocentra ssp. melanocentra
Mammillaria melanocentra at the Desert Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-24, 29, 30
USDA: 8b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 15 F (-10C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer in Phoenix, full sun elsewhere

Origin: Mexico (Nuevo Leon)

Growth Habits: Solitary, up to 6 inches tall (15 cm), 4 inches wide (10 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer

Propagation: Seeds

The long black central spine can reach over 2 inches (5 cm). The species name melanocentra meaning 'black center' refers to that spine.

Mammillaria  melanocentra ssp. melanocentra

Mammillaria melanocentra at the Desert Botanical Garden, March 15

Blooming Habits:
Pink flowers, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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