Copiapoa mollicula F Ritter 1963


Copiapoa iongispina F. Ritter 1963

Plants sometimes solitary but usually forming clusters. Taproots large. Stems connected to taproots by necks, stems depressed globose, rarely rising above ground level, gray to brown to reddish, 3-6.5 cm (1.2-2.6 in) in diameter. Ribs 10-16, present only as low spiraling tubercles, with grooves running from the areoles to the base. Central spine 0-1, black, to 15 mm (0.6 in) long. Radial spines 1-10, sometimes absent, to 5 mm long. Flowers yellow, 1.5-2.2 cm (0.6-0.9 in) long. Fruits very small, round. Distribution: coastal hills from Chanaral, Antofagasta, south to the vicinity of Puerto Viejo, Atacama, Chile.

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