ornatum var. mirbelii
This is an uncommon pretty form with lots of white flecks and
golden spines it is considered by many the most beautiful variety of the
Astrophytum ornatum v. mirbelii Already described
in 1838 by CH . LEMAIRE it is recognizable for its canary yellow spines
and the characteristic thick white flocks. The stem is stout and very
white and take a long time in the transition to the adult form.
Nowadays many botanists donít recognize the variety rank to this taxon
which does not differ conspicuously from the other forms of the species.