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Photo by
Marc Altenloh.

Photo by
Marc Altenloh.

Author: Edward Frederick Anderson, 1962
Origin:  San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, NE Mexico
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  6 (12) Centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Neogomesia agavoides, Marcelino Castañeda y Nuñez de Caceres, 1941. 
Ariocarpus agavoides subsp. pulcher, Halda & Horácek.
Ariocarpus agavoides subsp. sanluisensis, Sotom., Arred., Sánchez Barra & Mart.Mend.
Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus subsp. agavoides, Halda.

This member of the Cactaceae family was given this name by Edward Frederick Anderson in 1962. It is found in two locations in north-eastern Mexico: San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas. It grows in grit or other well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the plant will grow to six centimetres height, twelve if the caudex is exposed. The flowers are bright pink.

The genera name from the ancient Greek aria (an oak type) and carpos; 'fruit' because of the resemblance of the fruit of the two genus in acorn form. The species name "agavoides" means looking agave-like.