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Genus: Astrophytum

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

Four species, native to the southern USA and Mexico, all of which have been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Astrophytum asterias (Sea urchin cactus, Sand dollar cactus)

Native to Texas and Mexico.


Astrophytum capricorne (Goat's horns cactus)

Native to Mexico.


Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's miter, Bishop's cap)

Native to Mexico.


Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's hood)

Native to Mexico.



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


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