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Astrophytum
(Lemaire 1839)


Etymology: Greek [Aster], Star and [Python], plant. Star-shaped plant.

One of the most popular for its relatively easy culture, its spectacular flowering and its various forms genres. It has resulted in hundreds of cultivars prized especially for the Japanese, who have made an art cultivation.

It is possibly the most popular genre among growers despite containing only 5 species. Reproduction is almost exclusively by seed and the growth rate is intermediate. All species of this genus are self incompatible, which means that two copies are needed to produce seeds. These seeds are of the split type with a high germination but poor durability. The species of this genus can be divided into two groups according to their genetic affinity and weather resistance being relatively easy hybridization between members of the same group and more difficult between members of different groups. Group 1: The species of this group are relatively sensitive to cultivate have in common, unlike what happens with group 2, the presence of a reddish area in the center of the flowers are yellow otherwise. This group includes: A. Asterias (Lemaire 1868), A. Coahuilense (K. Kayser 1932) and A. Capricorne (Britton & Rose 1922). Group 2: Cultivation easier perfectly resist something fresher and humid climates. This group includes: A. myriostigma (Lemaire 1839) and A. ornatum (Britton & Rose 1922).

Some specimens in Horticola Los Serranos (El Ejido)
Some specimens in Horticola Los Serranos (El Ejido)
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Principales Taxones:
Astrophytum asterias (Lemaire 1868)

Astrophytum asterias (Lemaire 1868)


This is a specie in a seious danger of extintion in its natural habitat; In spite of that it is wide spread among suculents enthusiasts and nowadays there is a large number of cultivars. Leer Más

Astrophytum coahuilense (K. Kayser 1932)

Astrophytum coahuilense (K. Kayser 1932)


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Astrophytum myriostigma (Lemaire 1839)

Astrophytum myriostigma (Lemaire 1839)


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Astrophytum ornatum (Britton & Rose 1922)

Astrophytum ornatum (Britton & Rose 1922)


Undoubtedly the most hardy species of this genus can handle with ease excess moisture or prolonged droughts. Leer Más

Otros Taxones:
Astrophytum capricorne (Britton & Rose 1922)
Nombres en Desuso:
Astrophytum caput-medusae ((Velazco & Nevárez 2002) D. R. Hunt) Vease -> Digitostigma caput-medusae (Velazco & Nevárez 2002)