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
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
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
belonging to the Gymnocalycium anisitii
Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like
many other cacti) with several controversial varieties and subspecies):
Scientific name: Gymnocalycium damsii var.
Backebergnom. inval. (Art. 8.2),
In: Descriptiones Cactacearum Novarum 3: 6,1963
Nowadays regarded as:
Gymnocalycium anisitsii ssp. damsii
(Schumann) G. Charles
In: CSI 20: 17, 2005
Garden origin (Nursery
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- 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
Summer grower and pretty easy. Water
regularly in summer, keep rather dry in winter, but it can handle
excessive water to little water. Best
but it grows well in full sun and full shade, too.
Propagation: Direct sow after
last frost. (seldom
Fruit must be significantly
overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds.