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  Gymnocalycium damsii var. tucavocense "RED FORM)
(Syn: G. anisitsii ssp. damsii "RED FORM")
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Large pale pink flowers from mid spring to early summer.

 

Description: This eye catching garden selection is characterized by an unusual bright red colouring of the body, this colour is due to a reduced production of chlorophyll pigments, nevertheless the plant can normally do photosynthesis and grows normally from seeds.
Stem: Up to 10 cm tall , 8-15 cm in diameter colourful  and highly decorative, with characteristic horizontal clear and dark red strips. The clear areas (above the areoles) are pastel-pink while the dark zone (below the areoles) are Deep 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.  
 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars
 
of plants belonging to the Gymnocalycium anisitii  complex (This
Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like many other cacti) with several controversial varieties and subspecies):

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Gymnocalycium damsii var. tucavocense Backebergnom. inval. (Art. 8.2),  In: Descriptiones Cactacearum Novarum 3: 6,1963 "RED FORM"

Nowadays regarded as: Gymnocalycium anisitsii ssp. damsii (Schumann) G. Charles
In: CSI 20: 17, 2005

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Gymnocalycium damsii (K. Schumann 1903) Britton & Rose
    In: The Cactaceae 3: 163
  • Gymnocalycium damsii var. anisitsii
    Katalogname, zit. in Schneekloth-Liste
  • Gymnocalycium tucavocense Haage SL 1992/93?
  • Gymnocalycium anisitsii var. tucavocaense
  • Gymnocalycium joossensianum
  • Gymnocalycium griseopallidum


 

 


Cultivation:
Summer grower and pretty easy.  Water regularly in summer, keep rather dry in winter, but it can handle excessive water to little water.  Best for half-shade, but it grows well in full sun and full shade, too.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost. (seldom produces offsets). Seed Collecting: Permit fruit to ripen.  Fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds.

 

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