Compressed Nipple Cactus
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Compressed Nipple Cactus
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Compressed Nipple Cactus
Botanical name: Mammillaria compressa    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Synonyms: Mammillaria esseriana

Compressed Nipple Cactus is a globular cactus, solitary at first, later forming massive clumps up to 1 m wide. Stems are club shaped to cylindrical, bluish grey-green, up to 10 cm in diameter, up to 25 cm tall, filled with latex. Tubercles are prominent, close set, firm, bluntly angled, keeled. Axil has white wool and bristles. Central spine is absent. Radial spines are 4-6, unequal, chalky white with brownish tips, 2-7 cm long, some very short. Flowers are bell shaped, purplish pink to deep red, 1-1.5 cm in diameter. Fruits is club shaped, red, seed brown. Compressed Nipple Cactus is native to Mexico, cultivated worldwide.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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