Synonym: Mammillaria atroflorens
Common Name: pincushion cactus
Origin: Mammillaria mystax is common within the southern region of central Mexico, found in Puebla, Guerrero, and Oaxaca. Its natural habitat includes dry deciduous and tropical forests, Quercus forests, and xerophilous highlands at altitudes of 1,000 to 2,600 meters above sea level.
Description: M. mystax is a small globular cactus with as many as 34 rows of pyramidal tubercles, from which purple to gray spines emerge. Axils are bristled and woolen, with long, twisting central spines and spreading, white radial spines. The stem is dark green, and will eventually offset to form small aggregations. When satisfied, plants will develop a ring of magenta flowers from February to April, leading to club-shaped, red fruits.
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