“Melocactus” (Melon Cactus) Genus

Melocactus Genus Image

Melocactus comes from the original term “Echinomelocactus,” meaning “spiny apple thistle.” Melocactus is also known as “Turk’s Cap Cactus.” This genus has forty identified species and is native to the Caribbean, Western Mexico, South America, Andes, Peru, and Brazil. Melocactus plants appear attractive when they mature, as they develop a cephalium, a dense mass of areoles with a bizarre bristly “cap” directly on top of the stem. It is said that cephalium will continue to grow even if the plant dies already.

Melocactus Plants On Succulent City

Melocactus Azureus Image
Melocactus Azureus (Turk’s Cap Cactus)
Melocactus Matanzanus Image
Melocactus Matanzanus
Melocactus Conoideus Image
Melocactus Conoideus (Cone-like Turk’s Head Cactus)
Melocactus Violaceus Image
Melocactus Violaceus
Melocactus Concinnus Image
Melocactus Concinnus

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Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City

Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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