“Melocactus” (Melon Cactus) Genus

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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
Melocactus Matanzanus Image
Melocactus Matanzanus
Melocactus Conoideus Image
Melocactus Conoideus
Melocactus Violaceus Image
Melocactus Violaceus
Melocactus Concinnus Image
Melocactus Concinnus


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