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  Gymnocalycium saglionis (saglione) CACTUSPEDIA       

 


This is by far the biggest among the Gymnocalyciums, can grow to 90 cm tall!


 

Description: Solitary barrel cactus.
Stem: Dull-green or blue-green, Almost cylindrical more or les flattened up to 30 (40) cm in diameter, slowly up to 90 cm tall.
Ribs: 10-30
Spines: 3-4cm long, yellowish-brown , reddish or black becoming grey with time which contrast well against the green body, 1-3 centrals and 10-15 radials bent against the stem.
Flowers: Pale pinkish white, with reddish throat up to 3-4 cm long, 2-3 cm in diameter, with a very short flower’s tube. The flowers have a hard time coming through the dense mass of spines.
Blooming season: Appearing repetitively during the growing season. . Ftruit: Red,globular.

 

 



The flowers have a hard time coming through
the dense mass of spines.

Cultivation: Keep this plant almost dry in winter at a minimum temperature of 0°C, prefer a low pH  compost otherwise growth will stop altogether. The plant tolerate extremely bright situations  but are likely to suffer from sun scorch or stunted growth if over exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day in summer.  Since they are big sized plants need plenty of space for their roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the plant has outgrown its pot.
This species makes a great landscape cactus in moderate climates.

Propagation: Seeds (It don't produces offsets). Seed Collecting: Permit fruit to ripen, fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
Gymnocalycium saglionis:

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Gymnocalycium saglionis (Cels) Britton & Rose1922
It is also occasionally misspelled 'saglione'.

OriginArgentina

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common NameGiant Chin Cactus

Synonyms:  Taxon synonyms

  • Echinocactus saglionis Cels 1847
  • Echinocactus hybogonus Salm-Dyck 1850
  • Brachycalycium tilcarense Backeberg of 1942
  • Gymnocalycium saglionis subsp. tilcarense (Backeberg) H Till and W Till 1997


The spines turn a rich red colour when soaked.
 

 




 

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