Elegant Nipple Cactus
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Elegant Nipple Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Elegant Nipple Cactus
Botanical name: Mammillaria haageana subsp. elegans    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Synonyms: Mammillaria elegans

Elegant Nipple Cactus is a solitary, seldom branching cactus. Stems are spherical, 5-8 cm in diameter, slightly depressed at the top with little wool. Wool is abundant in the young axils. Stems does not contain milky sap. Radial spines are 16-18, white, slender, needle-like, interlacing somewhat curved, longer at the sides, 1-5 mm long. Central spines are 2, often only 1, stout needle-like to awl-shaped, straight or a little bent, grey-brown, darker at the tip, 5-8 mm long. Flowers are bright rose-red with darker midstripe, 1.5-2 cm long.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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