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Turbinicarpus mandragora
Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus mandragora (Fric ex A.Berger) A.D.Zimmerman
Synonym: Pediocactus mandragora, Echinocactus mandragora, Gymnocactus mandragora, Rapicactus mandragora, Lodia mandragora, Neolloydia mandragora
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Turbinicarpus  mandragora
Turbinicarpus mandragora, picture by Gordon Smith
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25F (-4C) for a short period

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to part sun

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila: Parras, Viesca)

Growth Habits: Solitary, gray-green stems with tuberous roots, 1.6 to 2.4 inches in diameter (4-6 cm); close-set 4-angled tubercles; 2 whitish centrals, 0.8 inch long (2 cm); 12 radials, 0.2 to 0.3 inch long (5-8 mm)

Watering Needs:


Probably rare in cultivation. The plants sold under this name are often T. mandragora ssp. beguinii.

Blooming Habits:
White flowers with pink midstripes, on summer days, 0.8 inch long (2 cm), 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm). Fruits without scales that split open when ripe.

Fruiting Habits:

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