Large pale pink flowers from mid spring to early summer.
Description: Solitary or freely
offsetting from the
Stem: Up to 10 cm tall , 8-15 cm in diameter colourful and
highly decorative, with characteristic horizontal clear and dark
strips. The clear areas (above the areoles) are
pastel-grey-pink while the dark zone (below the areoles) are Deep
olive-green to brown-purple.
Spines: Nearly useless in terms of defence.
Remarks: Seems to be a pretty variable plant you might get some
other names which are effectively the same plant.... and also not sure
all plants identified as this are really this.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Scientific name: Gymnocalycium damsii var. tucavocense
nom. inval. (Art. 8.2), Descriptiones Cactacearum Novarum 3:
Nowadays regarded as:
Gymnocalycium anisitsii ssp. damsii
(Schumann) G. Charles, CSI 20: 17, 2005
- Gymnocalycium anisitsii (K.
Schumann) Britton & Rose 1922) Gymnocalycium damsii (K. Schumann 1903) Britton & Rose
The Cactaceae 3: 163
- Gymnocalycium damsii var. anisitsii
Katalogname, zit. in Schneekloth-Liste
- Gymnocalycium tucavocense Haage SL
- Gymnocalycium anisitsii var. tucavocaense
- Gymnocalycium joossensianum
- Gymnocalycium griseopallidum
Origin: Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay.
Habitat: G. damsii (anisitsii) grows in open areas under the protection of
low bushes. It often form large groups and is extremely
is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.
Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) Keep this plant almost dry in winter at a minimum
temperature of 0°C, prefer relatively rich substrate and
compost (if possible not limestone) otherwise
growth will stop altogether. Feed with a high
potassium fertilizer in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry
(hardy to -5° C)
Sun Exposure: Light shade. It may tolerate
bright situations but is
likely to suffer from sun scorch or stunted growth if over exposed to
during the hottest part of the day in summer. This plant needs plenty of space for
its roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the
it has outgrown its pot. This species is particularly
easy and accommodating, seldom suffer of
Photo of conspecific taxa,
varieties, forms and cultivars
belonging to the Gymnocalycium anisitii
Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like
many other cacti) with several controversial varieties and subspecies):