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Mammillaria bombycina

Mammillaria bombycina , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Cactoideae
Tribus: Cacteae
Genus: Mammillaria
Subgenus: M. subg. Mammillaria
Sectio: M. sect. Cylindricothelae
Series: M. ser. Bombycinae
Species: Mammillaria bombycina

Mammillaria bombycina Quehl, Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 20: 149 (fig.) (1910).

Chilita bombycina (Quehl) Orcutt, Cactography 2 (1926).
Ebnerella bombycina (Quehl) Buxb., Oesterr. Bot. Z. 98: 89 (1951), as bomycina.
Escobariopsis bombycina (Quehl) Doweld, Sukkulenty 3(1-2): 40 (2000).
Mammillaria cordigera Heese
Neomammillaria bombycina (Quehl) Britton & Rose, Cactaceae 4: 161, fig. 178, pl. 15 (1923).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southwest

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Mammillaria bombycina

Mammillaria bombycina (*)

Primary references

Quehl, L. 1910. Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 20: 149 (fig.).

Additional references

Villaseñor, J.L. 2016. Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559–902. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmb.2016.06.017 Online PDF Reference page.
Hernández, H.M. & Gómez-Hinostrosa, C. (2015). Mapping the cacti of Mexico part II. Mammillaria Succulent Plant Research 9: 1-189.
Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A. , Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Müller, A., Metzing, D., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2021. Cactaceae at Caryophyllales. org–a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. Willdenowia 51(2): 251–270. DOI: 10.3372/wi.51.51208 Open access Reference page.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2021. Mammillaria bombycina in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Nov 16. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Mammillaria bombycina in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 16. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Mammillaria bombycina. Published online. Accessed: Mar 16 2021. 2021. Mammillaria bombycina. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 16 Mar 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Mammillaria bombycina. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 16. Reference page.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: seidiger Warzenkaktus
English: silken pincushion cactus
lietuvių: Kabliuotoji mamiliarija
русский: Маммиллярия атласная
svenska: Bomullsvårtkaktus

Mammillaria bombycina, the silken pincushion cactus, is a species of flowering plant in the family Cactaceae.

It is native to Jalisco and Aguascalientes states, in western central Mexico. Because of illegal collecting, the wild population is considered to have a vulnerable status.[1]

It grows to 20 cm (8 in) tall and spreads indefinitely via offsets. The bulbous tubercles, surrounded by downy white hairs, have short white spines and much longer brown curved spines. Circular clusters of deep pink flowers are borne on the upper surface in spring and summer.[2]

Mammillaria bombycina is one of many Mamillaria species to be cultivated, and is among the easiest.[3] In temperate regions it must be grown under glass with heat, preferably in full sun. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5] The plant can be grown from seeds which are collected from the ripe fruits.[6]

Fitz Maurice, B.; Fitz Maurice, W.A. (2017). "Mammillaria bombycina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T151196A121503778. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T151196A121503778.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
"Cactus Art - Mammillaria bombycina". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
"RHS Plant Selector - Mammillaria bombycina". Retrieved 3 January 2021.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 63. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
"Silken Pincusion Mammillaria bombycina". Dave's Garden. Internet Brands. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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