Scientific name: Yavia cryptocarpa
R. Kiesling & Piltz,
gen. & sp. nov. Kakteen Succ. 52(3): 57-63, 2001.
Garden origin (Nursery
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Etymology: The genus is named after
Argentina's department Yavi, Jujuy province. The species 'cryptocarpa'
refers to the plant being a
cryptocarp. This means that the fruits are formed inside the plant's
body, thus being only visible when the plant shrinks in the drought
Yavia is a very strange cactus
that might be related with Cintia, Blossfeldia, Weingartia and