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Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus


Scientific Name

Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus (Backeb.) Glass & R.A. Foster


Pelecyphora pseudopectinata (basionym), Mammillaria pseudopectinata, Neolloydia pseudopectinata, Normanbokea pseudopectinata, Pediocactus pseudopectinatus, Thelocactus pseudopectinatus

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Turbinicarpus


Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus is a dwarf, globular cactus up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall, with a stem completely divided into hatchet-shaped tubercles, which bear linear areoles. It has about 50 tiny, white radial spines which are spread out horizontally, in a comb-like arrangement. The flowers are white to bright pink with darker magenta or reddish-brown mid-veins.

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USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Turbinicarpus prefer to be in a well ventilated position in full sun to maintain a good body color and spinal development.

The golden rule when it comes to watering is "never water when the compost is still damp". This is the one error that will certainly kill any plant! Watering should commence in the spring late March to early April depending upon the weather conditions at the time. The plants should initially be given a light spray to gently encourage them into growth.

This cacti are all able to withstand high summer temperatures and indeed benefit, providing accompanied by good ventilation. Do not be tempted to overcrowd the plants, they will be far happier with a little space to allow the air to circulate. Winter temperatures can be set as low at 44-46 °F (7-8 °C) and providing the plants are kept dry and the humidity levels are also kept low, by good ventilation on bright days… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Turbinicarpus


Native to Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, and Tamaulipas).


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