Living Rocks of Mexico
Ariocarpus scaphirostris

[ Habitat ]



Location: El Barreal, Nuevo Leon

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A. scaphirostris  LRM324, exposed limestone shale habitat.

A. scaphirostris  LRM324, a group of three plants.

A. scaphirostris  LRM324, another extremely well camouflaged specimen.



Plants of A. scaphirostris from this area have been known in Europe under the nomina nuda var. minima, these plants do not appear to be significantly different to the larger plants growing in other parts of the valley, and their smaller size appears to be merely a function of the very harsh conditions of their habitat, despite the extreme nature of this habitat many plants occur here virtually invisible in the friable limestone shale favored by the species.

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