PEYOTE CACTUS Lophophora fricii x koehresii

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Lophophora fricii has a very limited range in Northern Mexico. It is found growing on plains with xerophyllous scrub, mesquite and agave, and on limestone slopes and mountain tops. Illegal collecting for producing ointments poses a threat to this species.

Lophaphora koehresii has big pale pink flowers and unusually thin petals with darker midstripes. It is a globular spineless like the other Lophophora members with a large tap root. It is a characteristically dark green colour. In cultivation, once a mature plant reaches 5-6 centimetres in width, pups begin to grow.

Caution poison: Ornamental use only. Hallucination, agitation, tachycardia, mydriasis, hypertension and vomiting. Most poisoning occurred after ingestion of the plant or its decoction.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Fill small pots with compost mix, and soak the compost using boiling water to kill parasites. Allow to drain and cool for about an hour.  Sprinkle seeds evenly over the compost mix. Cover the pots with plastic, or place in a clear ziplock bag. Place in a well lit window but not in direct sunlight. Temperature should reach above 80(26 degrees C) to 110(43 degrees C) degrees F during the day, and must dip below 80 at night for best germination results. If seed trays begin to dry out, spray to moisten the surface. Seeds should germinate within 4 to 20 days. When seedlings are about four months old begin acclimatizing by opening the bag to reduce moisture. Keep seedlings in indirect sunlight for about six months. The plants should have a lush green color. If they appear to turn red it means they are getting too much light.

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