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

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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 triacanthum Backeberg (1959)
P124 - Sierra Ancasti, Catamarca,
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Field number

P124 - collected by Joerg und Brigitte Piltz


Catamarca - Sierra Ancasti
in 1970–2300 ft (600–700 m) altitude


globular, brownish to ash gray-green
ribs ca. 12, short tubercled, with crosswise notches
mostly 3, seldom more radial spines, slightly bended, pressed to the surface, horn gray
flowers 1.3 in (3.5 cm) long, white with toned center


Gymnocalycium triacanthum Backeberg (1959) (nom. inval.)
Gymnocalycium riojense
ssp. riojense -
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.