Melocactus Neomontanus Cactus
The melocactus you are getting does not have the cephallium. Adult Melocactus are among the most fascinating of cactus in appearance. When young, the plants are quite plain, they have globose, green stems with multiple ribs. The spines are stout and usually feature a distinct central spine surrounded by radial spines. At maturity,Melocactus begin to develop a cephalium, which is a dense mass of areoles that form a bristly "cap" directly on top of the stem.
Once this cap is formed, the stem no longer grows, but the cephalium will continue to grow until the plant dies. Most cephaliums are white underneath and orange on top, but may be completely white. It is in this mass of areoles that the flowers are formed. The flowers themselves are quite small, typically pink and come out of the top of the cephalium sporadically or in rings. The fruits are much more conspicuous than the flowers and are red or pink waxy-looking short tubes that many have likened to candles on top of a birthday cake. This illusion is further enhanced by the dried flower remains persisting and looking like the wick of these "candles".
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