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 Maihueniopsis clavarioides

Photo by Piet Goossens, Greertruidenberg, The Netherlands.

Author:   Edward Frederick Anderson, 1999
Family:  Cactaceae
Origin:  San Juan and Mendoza, Argentina
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  6 centimetres
Height:  15 centimetres
Flower:  Greenish Yellow - Pale Rose
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Black Fingers, Dead Man's Fingers
Synonyms:  Opuntia clavarioides Pfeiff. 1837. Cylindropuntia clavarioides F.M.Knuth, 1935 Austrocylindropuntia clavarioides Backeb. 1942. Puna clavarioides, R.Kiesling, 1982.

Photo by Grootscholten.

  This member of the Cactaceae family was given this name by Edward Frederick Anderson in 1999. It is found at high altitude at San Juan and Mendoza, Argentina, growing in grit with little water and lots of sun. The tuberous root will grow  rather large, the whole plant will only reach 15 centimetres in height. The flowers are greenish yellow to pale rose.

The genera name means Resembles Maihuenia, a related genera. The species name means 'club shape-like'.

                        Photo by Michael Wolf,   Another one with exposed roots from Succulent Fanatics,