Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mammillaria Mesmeria - Look Into My Spines!

Okay, I know that's not it's real name. This is my favorite Mammillaria, and it's M. microhelia. Very cool name for an amazing cactus with its own, built-in optical illusion. The areoles and spines are arranged and colored in such a way that if you look at them, they appear to be moving. Dr. Mesmer would have liked this cactus!


  1. Very cool and pretty plant, and the patterns of the spines do play a trick on the eye; symmetrical and very well designed - clever little thing! This is a plant that I do not want to incidentally sit on. Imagine that. Lol.

  2. Yes, this is one of the "ouch" plants in the collection! ;-)