Astrophytum caput-medusae

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Astrophytum caput-medusae
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Scientific classification
A. caput-medusae
Binomial name
Astrophytum caput-medusae
  • Digitostigma caput-medusae Velazco & Nevárez

Astrophytum caput-medusae (synonym Digitostigma caput-medusae) [2] is a species of cactus native to Mexico, specifically the state of Nuevo León; the plant is reported to grow wild only at a single location.[2] This species differs from the conventional star-shaped phenotype associated with other Astrophytum members.[3] The plant is characterized by a cylindrical, reduced stem with triangular or cylindrical tubercles producing yellow flowers with orange perianth sections.[4] Propagation by seed, tissue culture or via grafting have all been reported.[3] The species is considered critically endangered by the IUCN due to the plant's limited growth range, destruction by livestock and over collection of wild specimen by plant collectors [2]


  1. ^ Gómez-Hinostrosa, C. & Hernández, H.M. (2013). "Astrophytum caput-medusae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Astrophytum caput-medusae". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  3. ^ a b "Astrophytum caput-medusae". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ "Astrophytum caput-medusae | World of Succulents". World of Succulents. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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