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Genus: Ariocarpus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

About five species, native to Mexico with one species also extending into Texas. Four species have been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Ariocarpus fissuratus (Chautle living rock, False peyote)

Native to Texas and Mexico.


Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus

Native to Mexico.


Ariocarpus retusus (Living rock, Seven stars)

[= Ariocarpus trigonus]

Native to Mexico.


Ariocarpus scaphirostrus

Native to Mexico.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Marx, G. 1989. Ariocarpus agavioides (Castaneda) Anderson. Aloe 26: 58.

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