Tephrocactus 'papyracanthus' 8.5cm
Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus (Phil.) Backeb.
Συνώνυμα: Opuntia glomerata f. papyracantha (Phil.) A.Cast., Tephrocactus papyracanthus hort.
Origin and Habitat: Western Argentina.
Description: Segmented bushy succulent slowly growing up to up to 30 cm, it is the typical form of a group of variety.
Notes: The little glochids at the areoles are quite a nuisance, and it is best to use gloves to handle this plant.
Cultivation and Propagation: It is easy to grow but usually couldn’t get very tall. It is fairly cold resistant and hardy to -9°C depending on the clone. Needs full sun (with insufficient illumination stems get thinner as a result of the lack of sun). The main growing period is spring. It might produce some new segments in the autumn too. Needs good drainage.