Type locality: Municipio de Bustamante, Tamaulipas,
Solitary or occasionally scarcely
Pale green bronzing to dull purple red in sun and cold, 12 cm in
diameter, 7.5 cm high.
completely divided into tubercles arranged in 8 and 13 spirals, about 15
mm high and 15 mm wide at base.
Slightly below the tip on the outer side of rounded tubercle, the
floriferous portion is a narrow extension approximately 3 or 4 mm long
on the inner side of the tubercle tip.
Of two types, 7 heavy acicular in lower half of areole, spreading,
radiating, and 7 in the upper half, fine acicular, almost bristle-like.
4, lowest about 60 mm long, ca. 2 mm wide
near base somewhat down-curving, dull grey tipped brownish. Lateral
centrals spreading-ascending variably 30-50 mm long.
Flowers: 30-40 mm in diameter,
30-35 mm long palest translucent shiny pink, with darker pink mid
stripe, darker and broader towards the base, rarely almost pale
translucent creamy white, even on same plants as pale rose flowers.
Anthers bright yellow.
December through February (or spring)
Elongating at maturity to 20 mm long, ca. 13 mm wide, purplish red
fading to yellowish towards the base, with small, triangular scales.
Flowers are translucent shiny pink, with darker pink mid stripe, darker
and broader towards the base with bright yellow anthers.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of (Thelocactus
Scientific Name (Basionym)
: Thelocactus garciae Glass & Mendoza
Published in: Ident. Guide Threatened Cacti of Mexico
1: TH/GA (1997)
Holotype: JAG 383, Tamaulipas, Municipio de Bustamante;
deposited in the CANTE herbarium n° 456.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES Appendix II
- Thelocactus conothelos subsp. garciae
(Glass & Mendoza) Mosco & Zanovello,
Published in: Bradleya 18: 63, 2000
- Torreycactus conothele subsp. garciae
(Glass & Mendoza) Doweld 2000
Origin: Restricted to
one locality in Tamaulipas (comes from the vicinity of Bustamante where
it was found by the Lausser couple)
Note: This plant is similar to both T.
conothele and T. tulensis. It differs from the members of the
T. conothele complex by its darker green, bronzing, more prominent
tubercles and different spination and distinct flower color of shiny
pink with darker mid-stripe. It differs from members of the T.
tulensis complex by its greener stem color, and radial spine count
of 14 as compared to 6-7 for T. tulensis, 7-8 for
T. buekii and 7 for T. matudae, and by the flower colour,
pink and white striped to yellow for T. tulensis and purplish red
or reddish purple for
T. buekii and T. matudae.
Easy to cultivate. Water moderately from
Spring to Autumn. Keep dry in winter, can tolerate frequent moderate
frost, above approx -7C, Sun Summer grower needs full sun
Reproduction: Nearly always from seed, since the plant rarely