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Cactaceae Copiapoa Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 85. 1922 [12 Oct 1922]
   Members of the Chilean native Copiapoa genus form globular to short cylindrical stems, that may be either solitary or clumping, and usually quite slow growing.  Several species posses chalky bloom, giving a bluish appearance to the stems.  Propagation is accomplished primarily from seed, produced from the small, usually yellow flowers, borne at or near the growing point.
 
Copiapoa cinerea   (Phil.) Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 86. 1922 [12 Oct 1922]
(Echinocactus cinereus)
very low water requirement part shade exposure

   C. cinerea is one of the slowest growing and most desirable members of the genus.  It assumes a globular form for the first fifteen to twenty
years of its life before becoming more columnar, and finally flowering and producing seed.  With extreme age this plant may reach 12" in height, and in rare cases, may produce offsets.
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