This is one of the more beautiful and
worth growing cactus.
solitary user-friendly plant, with perfectly neat, symmetrical pectinate
spination and profuse yellowish orange flowers. This cactus is indeed
beautiful even without its blooms. The stems can form pups after a
certain size and age.
Stems: Globoid flat to the ground 2-4 cm tall 2,-6 cm in
diameter, yellowish/greenish to brownish/purple., with about 30
spiralled and strong tuberculate ribs.
Areoles: Elongate, creamy grey.
Spines: 14-16, Tiny, up to 4(-5) mm long, minutely pubescent
whitish yellowish, amber or tan smooth, pectinate held tightly that give
a sandy effect
Flower: Very nice 2,5/3 cm large and long, yellow to
Blooming season: Late winter to spring.
Fruits: Reddish brown.
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This species produces
profuse yellow flowers
in early spring.
mountainous plants have thick
taproots and are
They loves a very
mineral soil as well as to be strictly
kept dry throughout the
winter quiescent period since it is very
sensitive to any
moisture excesses, To prevent
rottenness it is also advisable to surround its
root neck by very rough
grit, this help a fast water
drainage. They requires also an appropriate
air circulation and are sometime
grafted to avoid root problems. They need to be
kept in a cool place during winter rest (at 0-10°C).
This is important for the flowers
,as well as for their health. Without
this cool winter period, they normally won't
get any buds.
Grafted plants are very easy to grow, and are
quite frost hardy (-5° C) if kept dry.
Needs a full sun exposure ( light shadow my be useful in the
hottest summer days)
Scientific name: Sulcorebutia arenacea
(Cárdenas) F. Ritter 1961
In: Nat. Cact. & Succ. Journ. 16. 81, 1961
Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Rebutia arenacea Cárdenas 1951 (Cochabamba,
= Weingartia arenacea (Cárdenas) F. H. Brandt 1979
- Rebutia glomeriseta Cárdenas 1951
= Sulcorebutia glomeriseta (Cárdenas) F. Ritter 1961
= Weingartia glomeriseta (Cárdenas) F. H. Brandt 1977
- Rebutia candiae Cárdenas 1961
= Sulcorebutia candiae (Cárdenas) Buining & Donald 1963
- Rebutia menesesii Cárdenas 1961
= Sulcorebutia menesesii (Cárdenas) Buining & Donald
= Weingartia menesesii (Cárdenas) F. H. Brandt 1977
- Sulcorebutia xanthoantha
Backeberg 1966 (n. val. publ.)
- Sulcorebutia muschii R. Vásquez
= Weingartia muschii (R. Vásquez) F. H. Brandt 1977
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