Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum myriostigma Astrophytum myriostigma

Although cherished by many very experienced collectors, Astrophytum myriostigma is also often one of the first plants grown by novices. Various forms are in cultivation, based on the number of ribs, extent of columnar growth and amount of greyish flecking, and these are sometimes given their own names. Most have five ribs, however, the plant pictured on the left is the four ribbed form known as variety quadricostatum. In truth this variety must be considered dubious as, in many cases, the fifth rib develops as the plant becomes more mature.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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