Mammillaria Haworth (1812)

(Cochemiea, Dolichothele, Mammilloydia, Mamillopsis)
(Latin mam[m]illa = nipple or teat)
Nipple cactus, Fishhook cactus
because of the nipples (tubercles) that typically cover the cactus
Mamillaria or Mammillaria?
Whereas the name of the Nipple cactus derived from Mamilla (=papillules) and of Mamma (=nipple)
were both variant forms of spelling reasonable.
globularly to oblong, simple or clumping; ribs complete dissolved into tubercles
tubercle rows overlap spirally oneself in definite quantity (tangent line, skewed line)
axils bare or different wooly and bristly; areoles on the tip of the tubercle; spines very different
flowers around the crown, appear in the axils, mostly small, on hooked, short columnar species of the areas Sonora,
southern Arizona and Baja California considerably larger, coloration different, white to yellowish, red to violet
fruits red or green; seeds yellowish, reddish or black

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southern USA, Mexico (main distribution area), central America, Great Antilles and Little Antilles,
north Columbia, Venezuela, West India Islands
very warm steppes, partly to the high mountains to 9840 ft (3000 m) altitude

Growth period

light, airy and warm
species with a dense spination or hairs, that they appear complete white, yellow or brown,
prefer a full sunny and warm location
but the species with a lesser spination, that they appear more green, prefer a half shady location
adequate watering during the growth period, species with a dense spination and especially densely white spination,
also species with a taproot, should get lesser watering
generally is to much moisture to avoid

Winter period

preferably light and dry at 41–50 F (5–10°C)
the species from the coast of Mexico and Baja California prefer a warmer location during the winter
warmer and with somewhat moisture also species who bloom in late fall and during the winter


minerally, nutrient rich and permeable to water
addition of coarsely sand, perlite and crushed lava or pumice is recommendable
Mammillaria albescens Tiegel (1933)
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Guanajuato, Querétaro - Barranca Cedros in 6900 ft (2100 m) altitude
in clefts and rockholes, also under shrubbs


white becoming Mammillaria
forming clusters, stems globularly
tubercles to 0.8 in (2 cm) long, squashily, green
4–6 spines, 8–15 mm long, initially yellowish, later white
flowers 0.8 in (2 cm) long, pale greenish white to white

fruits 1 in (2.5 cm) long, green to reddish

Flowering time

August–September in habitat


Dolichothele albescens (Tiegel) Backeberg (1951)
Pseudomammillaria albescens
(Tiegel) Buxbaum (1951)
Mammillaria camptotricha var. albescens (Tiegel) E. Kuhn (1982) (nom. inval.)
Mammillaria decipens var. albescens (Tiegel) Reppenhagen (1987)
Krainzia decipens
ssp. albescens (Tiegel) Doweld (2000)
Mammillaria decipens
ssp. albescens (Tiegel) D. R. Hunt (1997)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.