Coryphantha (G. Engelmann) Lemaire (1868)

(Greek "koryphe" = top, apex; Greek "anthos" = flower)
apex flowering
globular or longish, sparsely clumping, tubercles with a through furrow
spines strong and usually bended
flowers central at the apex, usually yellow, also with a red throat or white and red
fruits greenish, nacked; seeds brownish

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southern USA to south Mexico
warm arid areas

Growth period

requires a full sunny, airy and hot location
this genus is sensitive to too much moisture, therefor sparsely and carefully watering keep the root neck dry
during the flowering period slightly more watering, if not the buds could dry up
during mid summer give a short dry period at a sunny location
this genus is very recommended for a cultivation in a cold frame or a very bright greenhouse

Winter period

dry and bright at 4–12°C (39–53°F)


minerally and very permeable to water, keep the root neck dry
addition of quartz gravel and pumice is recommendable
Coryphantha calipensis H. Bravo (1964)
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Puebla - nearby of Calipan, Tehuacan
in about 6562 ft (2000 m) altitude


named after its origin
pineapple shaped, 3.5 in (9 cm) high, 2–3.1 in (5–8 cm) Ø, also forming clusters, blue green to oliv green
apex and axils with wool
tubercles 1.2 in (3 cm) long, conical, with a deep furrow
areoles 2 mm
Ø, circular
10–13 radial spines, 0.4–0.6 in (1–1.5 cm) long, longer at the upper part of the areoles, straight
1 central spine, longer, somewhat bended, at the base almost black, tips are yellowish
flowers over 2.4 in (6 cm) Ø, yellow, stamens red, style with 8 yellow green stigma
seeds brown

Flowering period

July–August in cultivation
July–August in habitat
4–5 years from seed


Coryphantha pycnacantha var. calipensis (H. Bravo) U. Guzmán (1997) (nom. inval.)
Coryphantha pallida
ssp. calipensis (M. J. Scheidweiler) Britton & Rose (1923)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.