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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Little Nipple Cactus   Mammillaria heyderi    
Cactus family — Cactaceae

Also known as:
Flattened Mammillaria, Little Chilis, Biznaga de Chilitos

Slides: (click for larger view)


Barely sticking up above ground level, this little cactus is often overlooked until it flowers. It is very common in the South Texas brush country, extending northward into the Edwards Plateau and west to the Trans-Pecos. The red fruits are tiny but intensely delicious treats.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: March, April, May, June

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