Lophophora williamsii ‘Menchaca’ | ‘Peyote’ | Seeds


A great locality variety which originates from the province of Coahuila, Mexico. Seeds.

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Lophophora williamsii ‘Menchaca’ | ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | Seeds

Lophophora williamsii ‘Menchaca’ (also known as Lophophora williamsii ‘Tanque Menchaca’) is a nice locality variety which originates from the small town of Tanque Menchaca, in the province of Coahuila (also known as Coahuila de Zaragoza) – roughly four hundred and fifty miles north-west of Mexico City. It’s also another of our UK exclusives!

A so-called “northern” williamsii form, ‘Menchaca’ usually grows as a single-headed plant and has been described as the most perfectly formed ‘Peyote’ variety. Producing smaller flowers than many other types, it also has a slightly greater tendency to rot than some, meaning it requires less water.

Lophophora williamsii is a deep to dark-green cactus species, small and spineless and native to Mexico and south-western Texas. It’s found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert and in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas, where it grows to approximately fifteen centimetres tall. Williamsii is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade, in wild scrub and limestone.

The English name ‘Peyote’ derives from the identically-spelled Spanish name, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl name ‘Peyōtl’, said to be derived from a root meaning “glisten” or “glistening”. The species has enjoyed a long relationship with humans, notably being used medicinally and ritualistically by indigenous Americans, who are collectively thought to have used this cactus for ceremonial purposes for at least five and a half thousand years.

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