Description: Gymnocalycium cv. RED BLUSH is a
easy to grow and very free-flowering cactus.
It is a highly decorative plant with purple blushed stems and nice
pink blooms. It is supposed of hybrid origin and seems related to
Gymnocalycium damsii var. tucavocense to which it shares many
Stem: Spherical-depressed to short cylindrical, up to 10 cm tall
, 8-15 cm in diameter, pale-green or
brownish-green with a nice
purple tinge in the older part, and highly
Ribs: About 6-9, broad and slightly notched into low
Radial spines: 5-8 up to 12 mm (or more) long, straight or
slightly tortuous, short, nearly useless in terms of defence. Young
spine are pastel-white or yellowish with a darker tip, later become
Central spines: Usually absent.
Flowers: From the centre,
narrow, funnelform, about 6 cm long. External tepals greenish
whit reddish margins, internal tepals pink spreading. Tube pale green,
scales on the ovary and flower tube small, scattered.
Blooming season: It produces
flowers almost continuously during the year.
Fruits: Oblong, 2,5 cm long, 6 mm in diameter, reddish at