Discocactus horstii forma
variegata possess an exotic look
shared by no other cacti, and generally attracts a lot of
Description: Solitary globose cactus with a radially segmented body,
ca. 5-8 cm in diameter. Plant height with cephalium 4 to 5 cm; ribs 12
to 20 prominent with 12 to 14 areoles per rib on plants with cephalium
The colour of the epidermis is green and yellow. Radial spines 8
to10 light coloured recurved backwards in a comb like arrangement, 2-4
Flowers: The deliciously fragrant nocturnal blooms are 7.5 cm long,
6 cm inches in diameter . They come in profusion in summer, out of a
cephalium covered by whitish to light brown wool and bristles. Fruit
Scientific name: Discocactus
horstii Buining & Brederoo
Krainz Die Kakteen C VI f-1/1973
North-west of Grao Mogol in the Serra do
Barrao in Minas Gerais, Brazil at an altitude of about 1000m. The soil
consists of quartzide-sand and gravel.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 1.
Cultivation: This tropical cactus prefers
loves warm moist, humid conditions and mist spraying is a must in
summer. It needs heat all year round and extra winter heat, minimum 10C
is best. Avoid any frost. Keep cool in summer. This plant prove to be
root prone if kept too cold in winter. It prefers a half sun position
and possibly full afternoon shade in summer. If you can place it so that
this occurs the plant will be much happier.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Discocactus horstii forma variegata.