Matucana aurantiaca subsp. polzii

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ex 2L pots
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£12.99
Quick Overview
  • Unusual squat globular cactus with few spines
  • Creates a tight clustering ball with many offsets
  • Perfect drainage and full sun
  • Water and liquid feed in growing season only
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Matucana aurantiaca subsp. polzii is an unusual and highly attractive cactus with a squat flattened green body, pronounced ribs and very few, widely-spaced, short, tiny, pectinate spines. The small sparsely-spaced spines and bright green body give it an almost bald look but its most immediately obvious visual feature is the large number of offsets it produces which in time creates a dense clustering plant. The flowers are produced near the apex and are zygomorphic and funnel-shaped, with a curved shape and tall floral tube that are reminiscent of a cowl vent on a ship, a distinctive feature of the genus. There are small woolly tufts on the curving pinkish-orange funnel and the petals are carmine pink-red with a yellow centre. The upright filaments and creamy yellow anthers sit below the similarly coloured style and stigma in a tight cluster.

Matucana aurantiaca subsp. polzii was first described in 1986 as Matucana polzii. It was subsumed within Matucana aurantiaca as a subspecies in 2002.

Its native range is northern Peru on steep slopes at elevations of 2000-2300 metres around the headwaters of the Marañón River.

All Matucana species are desirable choice collectable cacti with their bright green bodies and sparse spines and make ideal and easy-to-care-for houseplants.


Additional Information

Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae
Sub-Family Cactoideae
Synonyms Matucana polzii
Geographical Origin Northern Peru
Eventual Height 4-6cm
Eventual Spread 8-10cm
Hardiness Not hardy. Cold tolerant but not an outdoor cactus in the UK. Suitable for cool glasshouse or as a houseplant. If in a cool glasshouse cover with fleece during very cold spells
Matucana aurantiaca subsp. polzii
Size
ex 2L pots
Availability: In stock
£12.99
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