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Visionary Cactus Guide


This Genus was first described in 1929 by Boedeker. Until 1992 there was considered to be only one species of this genus, until the discovery of A. hintonii.

A. ritteri ( Boedecker ) -

A sacred plant to many Mexican tribes. Due to over harvesting and habitat destruction this Cactus is now, sadly almost extinct in the wild. A small 2 cm plant with 9 - 11 ribs and convolutions, also bearing whitish pink flowers. The plant appears similar in appearance to the styles of certain Aztec sculpture due to its form. This is a very slow growing cactus taking up to two years just to reach 3 mm in diameter. Native to Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Needs course sandy soil, and to be kept above 50 degrees. Should be grown in full sun.

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.