and white felt .
White blooms with a greener
succulent, In cultivation grows as a small erect
segment chains. In
habitat the plants stay smaller because the uppermost
detachable and drop easily.
Areoles : Very ornamental with bright yellow-brown
glochids and white
Dirty white or very pale pink a little
hyaline with a green centre and green
Pericarp is comparatively small and has areoles furnished with
spines as strong as the one on the young
Cultivation: It is easy to grow but usually couldn’t get very tall
as segment kept falling apart. It is fairly cold resistant and hardy to
-9°C depending on the clone, Need full sun, (with insufficient
illumination stems get thinner as a result of the lack of
sun) The main growing period is spring. It might produce some new
segments in the autumn too. Needs good drainage. Propagation is through
segment cuttings, or occasionally seeds The little glochids at the base
of these larger spines are quite a nuisance, and it is best to use
gloves to handle this plant.
guttation from the
at the base of
a phenomenon common among most Tephrocacti
The articles are spineless glaucous.
(Speg.) Backeb. 1953
molinensis” (LPS 14335).
Lectotype designated by Kiesling (1984a: 230, as
Argentina (Salta, Los Molinos)
in: Anales Soc. Ci.
Argent. 96: 63. 1923,
prop. Opuntia schumannii Speg.
in Anales Mus. Nac.
Aires 11 (ser. 3, 4): 511. 1905,
nom illeg. (non
F. A. C. Weber).
Semel abunde prope Molinos,
Photographs: LP: without data. Later, Spegazzini (1925: 102) published this photograph, although he did not mention if it corresponds to the type.
Obs.: Spegazzini (1923) created a
new name: “Opuntia
molinensis Speg. (nom.
nov.) = O.
Speg. (non Web.), Cactacearum
nº 106”, since the name Opuntia schumanni was already created by Weber
Habitat: Grows a
open area among wide spread Trichocereus pasacana.
Notes: At the end of the
dry season the
cladodes are very
dehidrated and plants
retract almost at
"Tephrocactus" derives from the Greek
adjective “tephros (τεφρος)” meaning “ash
coloured” plus the connective vowel “o” used in botanical
Latin for Greek words , and the word “cactus” (an
old genus name)
(The genus name implies: “ash
species name "molinensis"
comes from "Los Molinos", name of the original location from which the species is native.
Opuntia glomerata andicola
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Tephrocactus molinensis: