Micranthocereus auriazureus

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Micranthocereus auriazureus
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Micranthocereus auriazureus

Order : Clove-like (Caryophyllales)
Family : Cactus family (Cactaceae)
Subfamily : Cactoideae
Tribe : Cereeae
Genre : Micranthocereus
Type : Micranthocereus auriazureus
Scientific name
Micranthocereus auriazureus
Buining & Brederoo

Micranthocereus auriazureus is a species of the genus Micranthocereus in the cactus family(Cactaceae). The specific epithet refers to the "golden" thorns and the "blue" body tires.


Micranthocereus auriazureus has a shrubby growth with columnar, light blue shoots and reaches heights of up to 1.1 meters. The shoots have a diameter of 6 to 7 centimeters. There are 15 to 18 rounded ribs provided which are furrowed wavy and something in hump are divided. The golden yellow areoles turn gray with age. From them arise numerous radiating, 10 to 13 millimeters long, dark golden yellow thorns , which become light yellow with age. They are difficult to distinguish between central and radial spines. The barely developed cephalium consists of plenty of wool.

The cylindrical flowers are bright lilac or orange- pink and open at night. They are up to 2.5 centimeters long and have a diameter of 1.1 centimeters. The berry-like, light pink fruits have a diameter of 14 to 16 millimeters and a length of 18 millimeters.

Systematics, distribution and endangerment

Micranthocereus auriazureus is distributed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in the Grão Mogol region. It was first described in 1973 by Albert Frederik Hendrik Buining and Arnold J. Brederoo .

Micranthocereus auriazureus is in the endangered Red List species the IUCN as " Endangered (EN)," d. H. endangered, classified.



Individual evidence

  1. ^ Cactus and Succulent Journal . Volume 45, Number 3, Los Angeles 1973, pp. 120-123.
  2. Micranthocereus auriazureus in the endangered Red List species the IUCN 2013 Posted by: Taylor, NP, Machado, M., Brown, P. & Zappi, D., 2013. Accessed October 22, 2015.

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