Astrophytum capricorne (hybrid)

Astrophytum capricorne (hybrid) Astrophytum capricorne (hybrid) - flower

Many Astrophytum hybrids are now in cultivation, mostly involving A. asterias - in this case with A. capricorne. The more beautiful the pattern and the markings, the more sought after the plant. Many of the best have so little green left in them they struggle to survive unless grafted. Of course although the speckled body is the target of the hybridisation process, the flower is also very beautiful.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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