Astrophytum asterias – Body Flecks variations

Astrophytunm asterias grouped by their variation of flecks (speckles, dots) however you call it!

Astrophytum asterias cv. nudum
Astrophytum asterias var. nudum with flower

Astrophytum asterias var. nudum (jap = Ruri Kabuto)

Ruri Kabuto has a pretty characteristic flat, smooth, and glabrous stem without any flecks of hairy dots which are usual in the common Astrophytum asterias species. Areoles are of the same type and size. These plants during cold and dry winter rest often have reddish body colors.

Very common variety.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto
Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto
Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto

Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto (jap = Super Kabuto)

Looks very maculate with white dots a lot bigger and mostly fluffy. Many exceptionally beautiful flecks varieties of this cultivar are currently available: V-type, Zebra-type, snow-type

Differences from common Asterias:

  • denser flecks with larger and fluffy white dots.
  • size of areoles is the same as for common asterias
  • usually smaller with a maximum of 8-10 cm in diameter.
  • epidermis occasionally tends to split because it is a bit harder
  • a big number of a. capricorne genes
Astrophytum asterias cv. Hakuun
Astrophytum asterias cv. Hakuun

Astrophytum asterias cv. Hakuun (jap = Hakuun Kabuto)

A pretty rare and unusual cultivar with characteristic white patches that form cloud-like groups.

A bit smaller than common asterias (similar to super kabuto) with the size of 3-7cm tall and up to 10cm wide.

Astrophytum asterias – different RIB types

Astrophytunm asterias grouped by number and shape of ribs and body type.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Fukuryu
Astrophytum asterias cv. Fukuryu

Astrophytum asterias cv. Fukuryu (jap = Fukuryu Kabuto)

Fukuryu (or Fukuryiu) cultivar is characterized by the presence of additional ribs. Those additional small extra ribs will be in most cases developed on the bottom part, sandwiched between two regular ribs. They almost never reach the top of the plant and do not have areoles on them.

  • additional small extra ribs
  • no areoles on extra ribs
  • almost never reach the plant apex

Somehow common variety.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Kikko

Astrophytum asterias cv. Kikko (jap = Kikko Kabuto)

Kikko (kitsuko or kitsukow) means “turtle shell” (best viewed from above)

  • Raised tubercles along the ribs (looks bumpy)
  • Usually transversely lines between ribs
  • Areoles not aligned in most cases
  • tubercles start to form from age 3 to 7 (young plants look like common asterias)
  • 2-6cm high and up 16cm in diameter

More common are nude varieties. A lot of beautiful subtype cultivars are available.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Star shape

Astrophytum asterias cv. Star shape

Also known as cv. Star Type and similar.

The only difference in this cultivar is that it has a specific star shape. That look is given by ribs which tend to be concave towards the center.

Size is the same as for common Asterias: 2-6cm high (flat to surface) with a diameter of 8-16 cm.

Combined with other cultivars and varieties it gives a lot of nice-looking star-shaped hybrids. The most common hybrid is with super kabuto.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Goyo Kabuto
Astrophytum asterias cv. Goyo Kabuto

Astrophytum asterias cv. Goryo kabuto (5 ribs)

Astrophytum asterias var. pentagona
Astrophytum asterias cv. Five Ribs

Normal astrophytum asterias plants have 8 ribs but some seedlings may have from 4 to 13 ribs. Seedlings with 5 ribs happen occasionally and with 7 it is pretty often. Usually, plants with less than 8 ribs as they grow develop new ribs until they become ‘common’ asterias with 8 ribs.

So it is pretty uncommon to see old astrophytum asterias with 5 ribs. And it is a big probability that it is not 100% asterias but hybridized with coahuilense or myriostigma.

Astrophytum asterias f. Multicostatum (jap = Taryo Kabuto)

Astrophytum asterias f. Multicostatum differs from usual asterias by the number of ribs and can have from 9 to 13 ribs. Many very old asterias tend to form new ribs.

They are known as multicostatum, multicostata, and even specific names like cv. Thirteen ribs

Astrophytum asterias – Areole differences

Astrophytunm asterias grouped by differences in areoles.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Rensei

Astrophytum asterias cv. Rensei (jap = Rensei Kabuto)

Rensei in Japanese means something like “chained stars” so this particular cultivar has areoles connected to look like forming a chain – chains of areoles.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Ooibo Kabuto
Astrophytum asterias cv. Ooibo

Astrophytum asterias cv. Ooibo (jap = Ooibo Kabuto)

Ooibo Kabuto is a famous Japanese selected strain, specific with very big areoles that can vary in color compared to common asterias with grey-white areoles. As size of areoles may vary a lot there is no straight line to draw between what can be considered as Ooibo and what is normal one.

  • Big and wooly areoles
  • Color of the areoles may vary from pure white to yellow, pastel, orangish or even dark brown.

Most common hybridization is with ‘nudum’ variety so more often we find “Ooibo Ruri Kabuto” than usual Ooibo Kabuto

Astrophytum asterias cv Hanazono
Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono (jap = Hanazono Kabuto) Hanazono kabuto is one of most specific and cultivar from Japan.  Additional areoles produced on the ribs Flowers develop often from additional areoles or median lines between ribs Different pattern of additional areoles (plus no pattern growth) Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono
Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono

Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono (jap = Hanazono Kabuto)

Hanazono kabuto is one of most specific and cultivar from Japan. 

  • Additional areoles produced on the ribs
  • Flowers develop often from additional areoles or median lines between ribs
  • Different pattern of additional areoles (plus no pattern growth)

Size of a plant is up to 7cm tall and up to 16cm wide. The ribs are usually flat on top. 

Astrophytum asterias f. proliferum
Astrophytum asterias f. proliferum

Astrophytum asterias f. proliferum

This cultivar tends to form small side pups from areoles.

Not so common.

Astrophytum asterias f. texas

Astrophytum asterias f. Texas

Also called ‘Gonzales‘ but maybe 2 different varieties.

Characteristic by lacking or very small areoles.

It is the only astrophytum species that is found outside of Mexico. Very endangered but seeds/plants on market are mostly grown by nurseries. In habitat, there are only around 2000 plants currently.

  • very small areoles
  • flattened in shape

Astrophytum asterias – Flower variations

Most common flower in astrophytum asterias is yellow with red center. Let’s now see some different and rare variations!

Astrophytum asterias cv. Akabana

Astrophytum asterias cv. Akabana

Akabana means ‘red flower’ in Japanese. Another name you can find this variety under is German ‘Rote Bluete

Red color may vary from simple red, pink, orangish, and a lot of similar variations.

It’s purely a nursery-grown cultivar.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Gelbe Bluete 3

Astrophytum asterias cv. Gelbe Bluete

cv. Yellow Flower

This is a completely yellow flower. The only small difference from a common asterias flower is that it is yellow in the center too!

Astrophytum asterias var. roseiflorum

Pink colored flower.

Astrophytum asterias cv. Shinshowa
Astrophytum asterias cv. Shinshowa red

Astrophytum asterias cv. Shinshowa

(cv. Showa, cv. Syowa)

  • Color may go from normal yellow to pink/orange and red (Shinshowa Red)
  • Tiny, long, shred-like petals
Astrophytum asterias cv. Feather Flower
Astrophytum asterias cv. Feather Flower

Astrophytum asterias cv. Feather Flower

Can be found with all the possible color combinations.

Astrophytum asterias – Skin color variations

Common color is of course green but can be yellow, red, mixed…

Astrophytum asterias cv. Nisiki (yellow)
Astrophytum asterias cv. Nisiki (orange)

Astrophytum asterias cv. Nisiki (Nisiki Kabuto)

Astrophytum asterias f. variegata
Astrophytum asterias ‘variegata’
Astrophytum asterias cv. Nishiki
Astrophytum asterias cv. Marble

The most common variegated colors are yellow and orange/red.

The biggest number of variegated hybrids you can find in cultivation are nudum, or Ruri Kabuto Nisiki.

Astrophytum asterias f. aurea
Astrophytum asterias f. aurea

Astrophytum asterias f. aurea

Astrophytum asterias aurata (yellow form)

Because of the absence of chlorophyll pigment, its color is yellow. There are people who succeeded in growing it on its own roots but in most cases you can find it only grafted.

Astrophytum asterias f. rubra

Astrophytum asterias f. rubra

Because of the absence of chlorophyll pigment, its color is yellow. Very rare and in most cases only can be found as grafted.