Feather Cactus
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Feather Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Feather Cactus
Botanical name: Mammillaria plumosa    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Synonyms: Ebnerella plumosa, Chilita plumosa

Native to Mexico, Feather Cactus is so named because of its feathery spines. Most Mammillarias are native to Mexico. The feathery and cuddly appearance of the Feather Cactus is a bit deceiving - it has some real sharp spines below the innocent looking surface. The colors of the flower for this cactus vary from white to pink. The feathery spines of this cactus are also usually a very pure white color but they are prone to staining from watering from above or becoming dusty. When I first received this cactus it fell over and got covered with dirt and the feathery spines have looked dirty since then. It is a clumping, spherical, green cactus, with 2 inches wide stems or more.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave
Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.
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