Mammillaria parkinsonii Ehrenberg 1840
Mammillaria auriareolis 1933
Mammillaria rosensis R. T. Craig 1945
Mammillaria neocrucigera Backeberg 1961
Owl’s Eye Pincushion, Owl’s Eye
Owl’s eye cactus is native to Querétaro, Mexico, and is not found in the wild elsewhere in North America.
Identification: Individual plants, globe-shaped or cylindrical in shape, later branch into multiple plants. Each stem is less than 6" (15 cm) high, and 4-6" (10-15 cm) around. The blue-green stems are fine, ⅛-³/₁₆" (4-6 mm) long, almost soft-looking, in groups of 30-40. Flowers are reddish before opening, then pale yellow and red. Reddish-orange fruits are less than ⅜" (1 cm) in length.
Mammillaria parkinsonii on Mammillarias.net, a web site devoted to this genus
Mammillaria parkinsonii on Desert-tropicals.com
Mammillaria parkinsonii on Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site
Mammillaria parkinsonii at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Mammillaria parkinsonii on CactiGuide.com
Mammillaria parkinsonii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: