Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus
Common Name: paper spine cactus
Origin: Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus originates within western Argentina. It is found in the provinces of Catamarca, Cordoba, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Luis, and Santiago del Estero, growing on the lower slopes of the Andes mountains.
Description: T. articulatus var. papyracanthus is a bushy cactus that develops vertically growing, pine-cone shaped segments, reaching up to 12 inches in height. The stems are silver, glaucous, or green in color – covered in a ring of glochids, and soft, flat spines that resemble raffia fibers. Although rare in cultivation, white, bell-shaped flowers with yellow centers may form during late spring to early summer, followed by brown fruits.
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