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  Aztekium hintonii forma prolifera (mostruosus) CACTUS ART
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Occasionally cacti show aberrant growth forms - called "monstrous" forms, uncharacteristic of the species. An example of this is Aztekium hintonii forma mostruosa a very interesting, slow growing  and uncommon plant in collections.

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Aztekium hintonii.


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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Aztekium hintoni Glass & Fitz Maurice , 1991
Forma prolifera (mostruosus)

Origin
Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 

Description: This is a genetically stable mutation with variable +/- monstrous, irregularly shaped, ribs with  knobby-looking swellings along the stems.  Stems are lightly pruinose and branches just from the base and occasionally at higher levels, the apexes easily. The areoles are white and woolly.


Note: This clone is similar - and often confused - with A. hintonii forma prolifera  that produces an anomalous proliferation of shoots just from the base and occasionally at higher levels. The "prolifera" form is greener, less wooly and will never produce monstrous or dichotomichous or crested apexes.
 

 

 

Cultivation: It is of slow growth, but not as slow as A. ritterii. It usually takes several years for growth to be noticeable. Needs good drainage and regular water in summer.  It should be dried out completely for its winter rest when it will withstand temperatures down to to -4C for short periods. It prefers some shade.
Once a specimen is established on its own roots it is no trouble to keep, and it becomes an easy plant to manage.
The plants are often grafted to enhance growth speed. They grow best in full sun or half shade, which will help to maintain the lustre of the spines and plants compact.  They are prone to mealy bug and red spider mite.

Propagation: From cuttings or preferably by grafting. It It branchs enthusiastically, and offsets are readily available. If you remove an offset , remember to let it dry for a week or so, letting the wound heal (cuttings planted too soon easily rot before they can grow roots), but it is difficult to grow this plant on its own roots and also only few cutting will root.

 

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