Silver Ball Cactus


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Parodia scopa

There are a bunch of subspecies of this little yellow-flowered plant. I don’t know which one this is, but we’ve also had some with white spines.

So for the past few days I’ve been mentioning how natural variation is a good thing, and we don’t need to give all variants their own cultivar names. But in this case there are more differences, so one would use the subspecies designation. If I knew which one this was, I would use the ssp. name. That’s just common sense, in a botanical sort of way.

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