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Ariocarpus retusus

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Product Details
Our Plant: 3 to 4 year old seed grown plants. Same plant as shown will be sent. Thick tap root. Shown in 6 cm square pot.

Origin of Name
The name 'Ariocarpus retusus' derives from Greek, with 'Ario' meaning 'arid', reflecting its adaptation to dry environments, and 'carpus' meaning fruit, pertaining to its fruit-bearing capability. The specific epithet 'retusus' is Latin for 'blunt' or 'rounded', referring to the shape of the plant's tubercles.

Technical Description of Plant
Ariocarpus retusus is known for its distinctive, geometric appearance. This slow-growing cactus forms a rosette of thick, triangular tubercles that are smooth and can appear almost stone-like. The tubercles are broad and flattened, with a bluish-green to gray-green color. Unlike many cacti, Ariocarpus retusus lacks visible spines, making its texture and form stand out. It produces large, funnel-shaped flowers that are usually white or pink, emerging from the woolly areoles at the tubercle tips in the fall.

Origin of Plant
This species is native to the arid regions of northeastern Mexico, where it grows in limestone-rich soils. Its natural habitat has influenced its unique adaptations for water conservation and sun exposure.

Conservation Status
Ariocarpus retusus is considered Near Threatened due to its limited range and over-collection by plant collectors. Its natural habitats are also threatened by agricultural and industrial development.

Care instructions
Ariocarpus retusus requires well-draining soil, preferably a cactus mix with added limestone. It should be watered sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings, and even less frequently during the winter. This cactus prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. It should be protected from extreme cold, as it is not frost-tolerant. Minimal fertilization is needed. Care should be taken when handling, as its tubercles are delicate. Regular monitoring for pests and diseases is essential for maintaining the health of this unique and prized cactus.

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