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Pelecyphora aselliformis

Scientific Name:

Pelecyphora aselliformis

Common name:

Peyotillo, Woodlouse Cactus, Hatchet Cactus











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Pelecyphora aselliformis is an unusual and highly sought-after succulent native to the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. It is a small, globular cactus with a diameter of only about 2 inches (5 cm). Its thick, green stem is covered in tiny white hairs and has five to eight ribs that are lined with small spines. The plant produces flowers that are yellowish-green in color and have six petals. These flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The flowers eventually give way to small fruits that contain the plant's seeds. The leaves of Pelecyphora aselliformis are fleshy and spoon-shaped, growing up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. They have smooth edges and are usually light green or grayish-green in color. This succulent requires well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight for optimal growth. It should be watered regularly during its active growing season but allowed to dry out completely between waterings during its dormant period in winter months. Overwatering can lead to root rot so it's important not to overwater this species. Pelecyphora aselliformis has been cultivated since the late 19th century by cactus enthusiasts who appreciate its unique appearance and low maintenance requirements. Today it remains popular among collectors due to its rarity, making it an interesting addition to any succulent collection!
The Pelecyphora aselliformis succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. It needs several hours of direct sunlight per day, but should be protected from intense midday sun. This succulent prefers medium to low light levels, so it's important to keep it out of dark corners or shady spots. With the right lighting conditions, this beautiful succulent will thrive and bring a unique look to any space.
The Pelecyphora aselliformis succulent requires well-draining soil that is slightly acidic with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. The soil should be light and airy, such as a cactus mix or sandy loam, and should contain some organic matter for additional nutrients. Additionally, the soil should be kept lightly moist but not soggy.
The Pelecyphora aselliformis succulent is best watered lightly and infrequently. Water the soil only when it has completely dried out, as this plant does not like to sit in wet soil. When watering, use lukewarm water and pour slowly until you see it draining from the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that the entire root system gets enough moisture without over-watering.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Pelecyphora aselliformis succulent are between 40-50%. This is because this species of succulent prefers dry climates, so having too much humidity can lead to root rot. Keeping the humidity at this level will help your plant thrive and look its best!