Gymnocalycium Pfeiffer ex Mittler (1844)

(Greek gymnos = naked; Greek kalyx = calyx)
naked flower calyx
because of the calyx without spines, bristles and hairs

usually flat globular, in age some thick columnar, very different sizes, simple or clumping
ribs 20 or less; spines adjacent or outspread, thin to very strong
flowers small short to large funnel shaped, often white or white with a red center, however also yellow or red,
calyx bare and scaly; fruits and seeds very different

Highslide JS


south America - Bolivia, Paraguay, south Brazil to Argentinia
almost complete south America eastern of the Cordilleras
steppes and mountains

Growth period

warm and partly shady, full sun is to avoid, temporarily a location outdoor is possible
plants with stronger spines is possible to get more direct sunlight
from early summer on abundant watering, but permanent moisture is to avoid
especially at warm weather the plants require more moisture

Winter period

bright and cool, not to dry, at 6–12°C (42–53°F), as possible not colder than 5°C (41°F)
species which origin in mountains occasionally somewhat colder


nutrient rich, very permeable to water with addition of peat
Gymnocalycium saglionis (Cels) Britton & Rose (1923)
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Salta, Tucuman, Catamaraca, San Juan, La Rioja - on rocky soil with low vegetation


named to honor of J. Saglion, important collector in France around 1840
broadly globular, large, to 11.8 in (30 cm) Ø, blue green
13–32 ribs, low, broadly padded, with tubercles, to 1.6 in (4 cm) long, with sharp crosswise furrows
spines slightly bended to the surface, reddish-brown to black, when wet bright red
8–10 radial spines, in age to 15 or more, to 1.6 in (4 cm) long

1 or more central spines
flowers 1.4 in (3.5 cm) long, white or reddish, often many simultaneously
fruits globular, reddish, split sidewards
seeds tiny, seedcoat is shiny black-brown

Flowering time

July in cultivation
October–December in habitat
7–9 years from seed


Echinocactus saglionis Cels (1847)
Echinocactus hybogonus
var. saglionis (Cels) Labouret (1853) (irregular name)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.