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Item ID: 30
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Astrophytum
Species: myriostigma
Common Name: Bishop's Cap, Bonete de Obispo
Habitat: Occurs from 1,500 to around 8,300 feet elevation in rocky or stony soils.
Range: This species is found in several of the more central Mexican states such as Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi.
Care: This is a very easy plant to grow and care for in and around Tucson. It requires very little attention and can reward the owner with an abundant display of flowers during the summer months. It is easy to handle and easy to keep in the garden.
Propagation: Seed
Size: 8 inches wide and to 10 inches in height
Shape: Globular
Flowers: Sometimes more of a creamy yellow or very Light Yellow
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Photo Courtesy of Gene Joseph 2002

The Bishop's Cap is an easy plant to identify mainly because of the lack of spines and the numerous white or gray velvety tufts that cover the stem surface. There is also a nudum form that has none of the white tufted characteristics. This genus has also been hybridized extensively and numerous forms are now available to growers and collectors.

Author Comments
This species was first identified by Lemaire in 1839. The name is from Greek translation, aster meaning star and Phyton meaning plant. The hairlike tufts that cover the plant surface give it a white or gray appearance and are typical in this genus.

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