La Frailea cataphracta e un bellissimo cactus in miniatura, ha 10-15 costolature base e larghe. I tubercoli di colore verde scuro sono appiattiti nella parte superiore, mentre la parte inferiore a forma di luna è di colore bruno-porpora.
Scientific Name: Frailea cataphracta (Dams) Britton & Rose 1922
Britton and Rose established the genus Frailea in 1923 and Frailea cataphracta was made a character species for the newly created genus.
Distribution: Cordilleras of Altos Paraguay, Paraguay and brazil (South America)
Etymology: The genus name "Frailea" remembers the Spanish "Manuel Fraile", born in 1850 who was responsible for the cactus collection of the Department of Agriculture of the United States at the end of the XIX century.
Frailea cataphracta has 10 to15 low and broad ribs. The tubercles are dull green and flatted above, with a purple-brown lunate (moon shaped), blots situated below the areoles.
Description: F. cataphracta is a very small depressed cactus that do usually not sprout in nature, but in culture with age begins to clump around the base and grow oddly. It is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cacti.
Crests of this species are also known and very beautiful.
Cultivation: Grow them in rich, porous soil and let them dry out between waterings. These plants need a minimum temperature of 5-10° C (but occasionally temperatures of a few degrees below 0° are not dangerous)
Notes: This plant is short living (It does not live long - about 10-15 years).Propagation: With fresh harvested seeds or (rarely) by grafting.