Baynesia lophophora

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It is the only member of the monospecific genus Baynesia. Baynesia plants are mostly small, consisting of a group of smooth, erect, greenish stems. The small purple flowers appear in small clusters around the tips of the stems in new growth, and apparently without any odor.
The generic position of this new species is questionable. The finely wrinkled surface of the stems is particularly unusual and is unlike anything else known in southern Africa. The closest relatives of this monotypic stapled genus are probably Caralluma peschii and Pectinaria.
It is a low-growing, spineless succulent that forms a cluster 30 to 80 mm in diameter. The stems are erect, fleshy and quite soft, somewhat rough transversely and covered with fine papillae, 30 to 80 mm long and 6 to 12 mm thick, green to brown in color. The tubers are conical, flattened laterally, slightly extended, fused into 4 obtuse ribs along the stem with a concave area between them. The leaves are rudimentary in extension 1 to 1.5 mm long, flattened conical with very occasional stipular denticles. The fruits are narrowly spindle-shaped, 25 to 35 mm long and 2.5 to 3.5 mm thick, glabrous, smooth and slightly striped with brown on cream green. The seeds are 5 mm long and 1.5 to 2 mm wide, uniformly pale brown.

Light-Temperature:
They tolerate very hot weather outdoors, as long as they are kept in filtered light or semi-shade, and this will encourage blooming in the fall.
The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: 8

Irrigation:
Water abundantly during the growth cycle. Moderately in the winter.

Multiplication:
By stem cuttings and by seeds.

Pests:
They are highly susceptible to stem and root mealy bugs, and damage from these can initiate a fungal attack.

Soil:
Use a cactus mix, or add additional perlite or pumice stone to the substrate. A sandy, free-draining compost is best suited.

References:
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Scientific name:
Baynesia lophophora
Synonyms:
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Origin:
Endemic to the mountainous area in the most northwestern corner of Namibia. Kaokoveld, Baynes Mtns. near the river Cunene.
Natural Habitat:
It grows in very shallow soils in the dry, rocky, transitional strip between the north-facing cliffs and the relatively flat summits of the mountains, with the plants well hidden within tufts of grass.

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