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Turbinicarpus macrochele
Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus macrochele (Werderm.) Buxb. & Backeb.
Synonym: Toumeya macrochele, Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus ssp. macrochele, Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus var. macrochele, Pediocactus schmiedickeanus var. macrochele, Echinocactus macrochele, Neolloydia schmiedickeana var. macrochele, Strombocactus macrochele
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Turbinicarpus  macrochele
Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus ssp. macrochele, picture by Gordon Smith
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25F (-4C) for a short period

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to part sun

Origin: Mexico (San Luis Potosi: Matehuala)

Growth Habits: Solitary, 1.4 inches tall (35 mm), 1.8 inches in diameter (4.5 cm), the stem is partly underground; woolly spiny apex, scaly tubercles; 1 to 5 paper-like spines, 1.6 inches long (4 cm) or more

Watering Needs:


Blooming Habits:
White or pinkish white flowers at the apex, 0.7 inch long (18 mm), 1.4 inches in diameter (3.5 cm). They come in multiple periods from late winter to early fall. They are followed by small smooth fruit, hidden in the apical wool, splitting when ripe.

Fruiting Habits:

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