Gymnocalycium stellatum var.
paucispinum (Backeb.) R.Strong
Notes: The 'Gymnocalycium asterias (
or asterium) '
synonym was recently deemed an
illegitimate name during
reclassifications, but it is still widely used.
Origin: Argentina (Cordoba, Catamarca)
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
stellatum subsp. occultum (Frič ex Schütz) H.Till & W.Till,
- Gymnocalycium obductum Piltz,
Pubblished in: Succulenta 69(4): 74-78 + title
plate, 1990 = stellatum
asterium A. castellanos 1957 (Illegitimate name)
Gymnocalycium stellatum ssp. asterium
occultum Fric ex Schütz 196
Description: G. stellatum var paucispinum
is a beautifull
slowly growing plant with a noticeably flatten
body, at first
solitary, later clustering.
Stem: Dark grayish-brown to olive coloured epidermis, flattened
globose, 7.5-10 cm in diameter. Will
offset after a considerable period of time.
Ribs: 7-11, flat rounded, without prominent chin-like
Spines: Usually 3 (occasionally more) brown, becoming grey with
short, straight to slightly curved and flattened against the stem
(rarely sticking out - easy cactus to handle)
Flowers: Creamy-white with a dull red
throat, up to
6,5 cm long, 4.5 cm in diameter.
Fruits: Cylindical, tannish-green.
Blooming season: Flowers are produced in late spring and remain
open for up to twelve days.
subspecies, varieties and forms:
“occultum” subspecies occurs in Catamarca.
“stellatum” subspecies occurs in Cordoba.