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Gymnocalycium




A Gymnocalycium mihanovichii friedrichii in my garden


     Gymnocalycium is a genus of 80 species of globular cacti native to central and northern South America. They are very variable and range in size from just a couple inches to over 8 inches around. Some are solitary and some offset profusely. Body color can range from blue green to chestnut brown and some turn an attractive purple in bright light. Some are known as "Chin Cacti" for the chin like protrusion just below the ariole or "Spider Cacti" for their spider like spine formation. Flowers are long lasting and produced on even very young plants. They range in color from white to pink and are followed by plum shaped fruits.
     Gynocalyciums can be grown in the typical mix for other cacti, but some are rot prone. They also grow in the shade of other plants in the wild and should not be exposed to direct afternoon sun.
     Gymnocalyciums can be raised from seed or offsets with some species.

I have lots of Gymnos. Click a thumbnail below to go to a page about that plant.


Gymnocalycium baldianum


Gymnocalycium
anisitsii


Gymnocalycium
mihanovichii


Gymnocalycium
saglionis


Gymnocalycium
hossei


Gymnocalycium
stellatum


Gymnocalycium
ochoterenae


Gymnocalycium
mesopotamicum


Gymnocalycium
pflanzii v. albopulpa


Gymnocalycium
denudatum


Gymnocalycium
species nova


Gymnocalycium
horstii


Gymnocalycium
paediophilum


Gymnocalycium
bruchii


Gymnocalycium
netrelianum


Gymnocalycium
tillianum


Gymnocalycium
schickendantzii


Gymnocalycium
eurypleurum


Gymnocalycium
spegazzini


Gymnocalycium spegazzini
ssp. cardenasianum


Gymnocalycium
ragonesei

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