Scientific name: Mammillaria
fraileana (Britt. & Rose) Boed. 1933
First description by Britton & Rose 1923, Neomammillaria
Mexico, state of Baja California (on the Coast of Gulf of
California, near La Paz, Cabo san Lucas, Todos santos)
Habitat: Grows in non calcareous rocks.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Bartschella albicans ssp. fraileana (Britton & Rose)
D.R. Hunt 1997
- Chilita fraileana (Britton & Rose) Orcutt 1926
- Ebnerella fraileana (Britton & Rose) Buxbaum
- Neomammillaria fraileana
- Mammillaria albicans ssp. fraileana
- Mammillaria albicans
offsetting, irregularly forming small clusters.
Stem: Cylindrical, narrow, eventually clumping near the base of the
plant, without latex, 3-4 cm in diameter, 15 cm tall. Body
is green, but often
reddish if grown in full light.
Tubercles: Pyramidal without latex, axil naked (or with a few
Roots: Fibrous or moderately swollen..
Radial spine: 11 to 12, 8 to 10 mm long, thin and white.
Central spine: 3 to 4, 10 mm long, dark brown, with one central
Flowers: Light pink flower, petals with darker pink median line, 2,5-3
cm in diameter, stigma bright carmine-pink. (A form with greenish-yellow
stigma lobes is also known as "yellow form" )
Fruit: Red, clavate and long lasting on the plant.
Blooming season (Europe): From May to September.
Gorgeous flowers and very decorative,
Light pink flower, petals with a darker
median line, 3 cm in diameter. Unusual pink
stigma stretched out towards the sun.
Cultivation: This plant
for being easy to cultivate, but in good conditions
it grows without difficulty. It is especially sensitive to over-watering.
So careful watering and an open
potting soil are a must.
the use of
peat or other
humus sources in the
to the potting mix, which must be moderately acidic.
Can be sensitive to frost (but some populations are resistant to
-10° C). Requires
to reach its full potential.
and in order to
achieve success in
A winter rest that allows the plant to shrivel (perhaps losing up to
25% of its summer height) will encourage flowering and long
survival. Be careful to encourage slow growth.
Propagation: Seeds or