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Mammillaria parkinsonii

Mammillaria parkinsonii Ehrenberg 1840

Mammillaria auriareolis 1933

Mammillaria rosensis R. T. Craig 1945

Mammillaria neocrucigera Backeberg 1961

Owl’s Eye Pincushion, Owl’s Eye

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusMammillariaFrom Latin mammilla, “nipple,” referring to the tubercules on members of this genus
Speciesparkinsonii

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Owl’s eye cactus is native to Querétaro, Mexico, and is not found in the wild elsewhere in North America.

Identification: Individual plants, globe-shaped or cylindrical in shape, later branch into multiple plants. Each stem is less than 6" (15 cm) high, and 4-6" (10-15 cm) around. The blue-green stems are fine, ⅛-³/₁₆" (4-6 mm) long, almost soft-looking, in groups of 30-40. Flowers are reddish before opening, then pale yellow and red. Reddish-orange fruits are less than ⅜" (1 cm) in length.

References:

Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 435

Online References:

Mammillaria parkinsonii on Mammillarias.net, a web site devoted to this genus

Mammillaria parkinsonii on Desert-tropicals.com

Mammillaria parkinsonii on Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site

Mammillaria parkinsonii at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

Mammillaria parkinsonii on CactiGuide.com

Mammillaria parkinsonii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Mammillaria parkinsonii (Owl’s Eye Pincushion, Owl’s Eye)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Mammillaria parkinsonii (Owl’s Eye Pincushion, Owl’s Eye)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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