Mammillaria formosa subsp. microthele
The flowers of M. formosa subsp. microthele are small, white, and do not attract much attention. However, later in the year, when the red fruit develops, M. formosa subsp. microthele is quite a show off. Of course, the tight white spines and the compact, globose stems, with their dichotomous growth, do their part to make this a very attractive cactus. The plant shown began as three seedlings I planted together in a small plastic pot. More than twenty years of sun, regular watering, and repotting, has resulted in one of my favorite plants. The only problem M. formosa subsp. microthele has is hanging on to its fruit, which have become a favorite treat for local mockingbirds.