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  Aztekium hintonii forma prolifera (mostruosus) CACTUS ART
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Aztekium hintonii forma prolifera is a very interesting free branching plant.
 


Note:
This clone is similar - and often confused - with A. hintonii forma mostruosa  a highly proliferative form that produces variable,  monstrous and irregularly shaped ribs with knobby-looking swellings. The monstrous form also dichotomize or crest easily, its areoles have much more white wool and it has more light pruinose stems.
 


Forma mostruosa


Forma prolifera

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: The standard A. hintonii  is a usually solitary greyish-green globular to subglobose cactus, that rarely form a short column reaching 20 cm by 10 cm in size. Its ribs  have characteristic transverse wrinkles and white and woolly areoles in youth. The "forma prolifera" is a genetically stable mutation that produces an anomalous proliferation of shoots just from the base and occasionally at higher levels. As it grows it will form crowded clumps formed by dozen of heads.
 

 


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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