Description: Small solitary or slowly clumping
Stem: Dark green-bluish, semi-globose, depressed, divided into
tubercles, 1.5-2 cm in diameter, merging in a tuberous root 3-5 cm long,
and from it longer fibrous roots
Tubercles: Conical to rhomboid.
Areoles: Young areoles with white wool, old ones bare.
Central spines: 0-1 central spine, arising from the lower part of
the areole, curved upwards into a semi-circle, 1.2-1.5 cm long,
flattened, rough, slightly split transversely, horn coloured to
Radial spines: 1 or 2 (to 5) radials 3-5 mm long, decurved..
Flowers: funnel-shaped, 10mm long, 12-15 mm wide, light cream to
slightly pinkish, with reddish throat, petals generally with darker
mid-stripe and with lighter margins. . Filaments dark pink, anthers orangish yellow. Style 10 mm long, pink, stigma remaining closed, white.
Flowering season: They bloom very early in winter
Fruits: Brown magenta.
Seeds: Cap- to blunt pear-shaped, 0,8 - 1 mm, dark reddish brown
covered with minute tubercles, hilum micropylar
region with a shiny smooth bulge. Testa with narrower, undulatory
cuticular folding pattern.
This species is closely related to
Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus ssp