Lophophora Williamsii var. Caespitosa
Name: Lophophora williamsii var. Caespitosa
Synonyms: Peyote, Peyote cactus, Peyotl, Mescal, Mescal cactus, Echinocactus, Echinocactus Lewinii, Mammillaria Williamsii, Lophophora Echinata, Lophohora Lutea, Lophophora Caespit
Lophophora Williamsii var. Caespitosa is a variety of Lophophora Williamsii. You can regonize it by its tendence to form very large clusters. The plants start very early on to pup directly from the areoles and grow substantially faster than other LOPHOPHORAs. They usually have a very gray Epidermis that never really goes away.
Many growers start grafting it very early on and grafted plants can reach a very big size compared to growing them on their own root.
The flower looks similar and almost identical to other LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSIIs and can be described as a mix between white and pink petals. LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII var. CAESPITOSA is self-fertile, which means it does not need a mating partner to form fruit.
Fruits: The fruits can get up to 3 centimeters in diameter and take a couple of weeks to mature. They have a bright pink color and are very beautiful. There usually are between 10 and 20 seeds in the the fruits.
Overall, this plant is very similar to the botanical form LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII and the difference is that it is very fast grower that tends to pup a lot.
There also are mutated types of this variety available on the market.
Pic: Paolo Neo
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