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Notocactus is supposed to have been absorbed into Parodia. However, since many people still use the former, I have opted to do the same. Notocactus is one genus in my high priority list, mainly because the skin of the plant is quite tough (at least it is quite a bit tougher than those softies, Rebutias ). This genus is very popular in Malaysian nurseries.

My Notocactus claviceps and Notocactus magnifica plants do not have any spider mite damage, while the Notocactus leninghausii plants have only minor scars. Given the way I treat my plants, this comes as a surprise. As such, I have become partial to these tough plants.

Shown above in the two pictures is a Notocactus claviceps specimen. It's a pretty strong and relatively trouble-free plant, one of the few large cactus plants that I own. It has a trunk root system, and the roots fills the plastic pot rather quickly. It's about 9" tall. I've also seen this named as Notocactus schumannianus.

Shown above is a juvenile Notocactus magnifica. It is still quite small, so you cannot see any of the species distinctive whitish waxy coat yet. The picture at left shows the plant when I bought it. The pot is 2" in diameter. This plant was later put in aquaculture, where it started growing like crazy. More pictures of this plant is available at Notocactus Aquaculture Page.

The plant on the left is a juveline Notocactus leninghausii, while the one on the right is a juvenile Notocactus claviceps. Both pictures were taken right after I got them. They are in 2" pots.

These are Notocactus leninghausii plants. They came three in a single 2" pot. Sometimes you'd find 2" pots of juvenile plants, where there are two or three plants in a single pot. I like to buy them, as you get three plants or more for the price of a single pot of cactus. If a pot is priced at RM3, then one plant can be as cheap as RM1. They are the best deals in Malaysia if you are willing to care for small plants.

Buying young plants is not a problem for me as I like the challenge of nurturing them into big plants. However, if you'd rather not spend a couple of years waiting for them to grow, I suggest you either buy larger plants (which are more expensive, of course) or do a spot of aquaculture.

Next are pictures of Notocactus Haselbergii and Notocactus vanvletii.

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