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Echinofossulocactus sulphureus MG315.8     12/30/18
This is a different plant. You can see low on the plant the same pattern of spines as the bulk of the patterns above. Then, abruptly, there are new spine patters, the larger five pointed things. Also, suddenly, the wavy ribs that generate the name "Echinofossulocactus" are also present. And lastly, at the very tip of the plant, a whole new set of spines is emerging, flat and much stouter than all the spines that came before. These new spines (and the heavy undulating ribs) will form the mature plant. Neat, huh? One species with four different spine appearances (four morphologies?) as it ages to maturity.   (24/24)   

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