Astrophytum capricorne

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Astrophytum capricorne
Astrophytum capricorne 4.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Astrophytum
Species: A. capricorne
Binomial name
Astrophytum capricorne

Astrophytum capricorne, also known as the Goat's horn cactus, is native to the Coahuila regions of Northern Mexico.[1] The common name of Goat's horn cactus corresponds to the species identifier "capricorne" ("capri" meaning goat and "corne" meaning horn) [2] referring to the curved spines that are said to resemble a goat's horns.[1] This species is designated as of "least concern" [3] by the IUCN as the species is widely distributed in the Chihuahuan desert. This species is grown, typically from seed, as an ornamental plant as it produces large, attractive yellow flowers with red central regions.[1] Some cultivars bear white flecking on the plant body while others lack this feature.[4] Prominent cultivars of this species include: Astrophytum capricorne “crassispinoides”, Astrophytum capricorne v. crassispinum, Astrophytum capricorne v. minus, Astrophytum capricorne v. niveum, Astrophytum capricorne v. senile, Astrophytum capricorne v. aureum.[1]

Astrophytum capricorne in flower
Astrophytum capricorne var. crassispinum
Astrophytum capricorne var. senile

Further reading[edit]

Mandujano, Maria; Bravo, Yolotzin; Verhulst, Johannes; Carrillo-Angeles, Israel; Golubov, Jordan (Feb 2015). "The population dynamics of an endemic collectible cactus". Acta Oecologica. 64: 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2014.12.004. 


  1. ^ a b c d "Astrophytum capricorne". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Astrophytum capricorne (A. Dietrich) Britton & Rose | ISI 2016". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Astrophytum capricorne". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Astrophytum capricorne - Goat's Horn Cactus | World of Succulents". World of Succulents. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 

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