Description: Clumping globular cactus, up to 7 cm in diameter
and up to
grow clumps 10-15cm wide. The specially notable
characteristics of this cactus are its dark stem colour,
emphasized by the small, white areoles, and its large, intensely red,
yellow throated flowers, reminding
one of red daisies.
Stem: Up to 5 cm,
globose, dark green, that begins to offset in
about its third or fourth year, eventually making a moderately tight
clump, with the individual stems standing out a little on their own.
Tubercles: In two downward spirals, in ratio 8:13.
Spines: Small, snow-white, very thin, very short, and soft, but
they can still poke.
Flowers: A larger crop of flowers, 3.5 cm wide, develops from the
base of each head, resulting in a superb display in mid season. The
"normal" form has bright orange-red flowers, however other flower
colours have recently been seen on the market. The new flowers form
ranges in shades from dark red, to orange, yellow or white, and at
first they were thought to be hybrids, but they also could be simply
natural colour variations.
Blooming season: it is usually one of the earliest rebutias to
flower in spring.
has now been
lumped under R. marsoneri as a synonym of Rebutia
A rare yellow flowering specimen and (Right) the white flowering var.
albiflora. The "normal" and more frequently seen form has bright
orange-red flowers, but colour variations of ranges in shades from dark
red, to orange, yellow to pure white.