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Mammillaria humboldtii (Rooted) Single heads




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Origin of Name
The genus name "Mammillaria" comes from the Latin word 'mammilla', meaning nipple or teat, which refers to the tubercles (nipple-like projections) from which the plant's spines emerge. Mammillaria humboldtii is named after the German naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). He is widely considered one of the most influential scientists of the 19th century due to his extensive explorations of South and Central America, as well as his interdisciplinary approach to studying natural phenomena. Humboldt is known for his groundbreaking work in biogeography, geology, and botany, and his contributions to the understanding of the natural world have been recognized with a number of scientific honors and accolades, including the naming of several species in his honor, such as Mammillaria humboldtii.

Technical Description of Plant
Mammillaria humboldtii is distinguished by its solitary, globose to short cylindrical form, growing up to 10 cm in height and diameter. The plant's body is covered in closely set tubercles, from which emerge dense, white spines that form a beautiful, almost snow-like covering over the green cactus flesh. Radial spines are numerous, fine, and white, while the central spines, when present, are slightly longer and more pronounced. The cactus blooms with small, pink to reddish flowers that circle the crown of the plant, creating a striking contrast against the white spines.

Origin of Plant
Mammillaria humboldtii is native to Mexico, where it grows in rocky and arid environments. Its natural habitat contributes to the plant's adaptations, such as its dense spination, which protects it from intense sunlight and herbivory.

Conservation Status
While specific conservation data for Mammillaria humboldtii may not be widely available, many species within the Mammillaria genus are considered at risk due to habitat loss, illegal collection, and other environmental pressures. Efforts to cultivate Mammillaria humboldtii in gardens and collections can help reduce pressure on wild populations and contribute to the species' preservation.

Care Instructions
Mammillaria humboldtii requires well-draining soil typical of cactus mixes and prefers a sunny to partially shaded location. Water moderately during the growing season, allowing the soil to dry completely between waterings, and reduce watering in the winter to mimic its natural dormant period. This species is not frost-tolerant and should be protected from cold temperatures or brought indoors in climates where frost is a risk. Fertilize sparingly with a cactus-specific fertilizer during the active growing season to encourage growth and flowering.

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