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Melocactus (Cactus)

Melocactus azureus Melocactus azureus
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus curvispinus subs. caesius Melocactus curvispinus subs. caesius
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus delessertianus Melocactus delessertianus
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus diamantinus Melocactus diamantinus
Starting from 4.00€
Melocactus diersianus Melocactus diersianus
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus douradaensis Melocactus douradaensis
Starting from 10.00€
Melocactus florschuetzianus Melocactus florschuetzianus
Starting from 8.00€
Melocactus grisoleoviridis Melocactus grisoleoviridis
Starting from 25.00€
Melocactus matanzanus Melocactus matanzanus
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus multiceps Melocactus multiceps
Starting from 25.00€
Melocactus neomontanus HOVENS 81-35 Melocactus neomontanus HOVENS 81-35
Starting from 4.00€
Melocactus neryi Melocactus neryi
Starting from 14.00€
Melocactus oreas Melocactus oreas
Starting from 5.00€
Melocactus sp. BB79 Melocactus sp. BB79
Starting from 3.00€
Melocactus sp. nova soata Melocactus sp. nova soata
Starting from 5.00€
Melocactus warasii Melocactus warasii
Starting from 4.00€
Melocactus zehnteri HU161 Melocactus zehnteri HU161
Starting from 4.00€
Melocactus

Its name consists of the Latin suffix “melo”, to identify a cactus in the shape of an apple or melon. In fact, one of its peculiarities is an accurately spherical shape, combined with the beautiful cephalium: it is a particular hairy protuberance, usually reddish, which appears on the apex, when the plant is quite mature, from which flowers bloom. From this eye-catching moment, the cactus body stops growing in size, leaving space for the columnar cephalic growth, almost as if a small red cactus grew right on top of the Melocactus! It is a very particular view, which makes this genus easily recognizable and unique, highly appreciated despite its slow growth. A curious fact: the Melocactus have existed from the ancient times. Some documents demonstrate, that they were among the first "new" plants, sighted by Christopher Columbus, when he arrived in America!