Mammillaria vetula subs. gracilis
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The thimble cactus, Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis (Mammillaria gracilis), is a small cactus with somewhat slender, cylindrical, bright green body clustering and branching freely, but the offsets easily detached. The offsets are easily knocked off so the plant must be handled with care; however, these offsets quickly root if placed on the ground. The tubercles are roundish, each being tipped by stiff white spines, radiating like a star, making the plant look lace-covered.
Stems: Principal stems cylicndrical to 13 cm long and 3 cm across, bright-green, offsets numerous but more weakly attached than in subsp. vetula.
Tubercles: Main stem tubercles to 6 mm, firm to slightly flabby, bluntly roundish, without latex, axils naked.
Central spines: None or 1-2, (sometimes 2 to 5 on mature stems), straight, bristle-like white to dark-brown,to 10-12 mm long.
Radial spines: Only 11-16(-17), chalky white, thin, straight, needle-like, 3-8 mm long.
Flowers: Creamy vitae , up to 12 mm long.
Blooming season: Spring and also in late summer-autumn.
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