MammillariasMammillaria moellervaldeziana (K3872)
Probably the single most popular genus in cultivation, Mammillarias are grown by both novices and very experienced growers alike. Almost every cactus collection will include some Mammillarias, indeed many collections are given over to specialising in these plants from the central parts of the Americas.

Form and flower colour can vary, but a significant number of Mammillarias form globular clumps and have rings of small pink flowers on each head, as shown in the left hand picture. Mammillaria moellervaldeziana, shown right, serves to indicate one of the species which produces rings of creamish flowers and also to show the prolific production of colourful seed pods.

Photographs by : John Ellis

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