Eriosyce napina ssp. mitis
FR710 Totoral Bajo, 03 Atacama, Chile
slowly growing atop a thick, underground
constriction between the stem and the root. eventually
elongated in cultivation.
growing, up to 5-8 cm across,
the colour of the stem is very variable from one specimen to
another. It can be glaucous-blue, glossy green or dark purple
with brown, olive, grey tones.
Tubercles : Larger than ssp. napina;
Radial spines: Variable, from very
short and thin or almost absent (f. glabrescent), to black, recurved, and strong.
Central spines: None or one, strongly bent upward.
tuberous root system with (usually) a very
3,5 cm long, 4-6 cm in diameter, pale yellowish-red with a
hairy with brown
wrapped in white
already when young,
synchronised flowering of the whole plants
takes place over one or two days, and
they remain open for about three
or four days.
Blossoming time: late spring.
The colour of the epidermis is very variable,
and ranges from pale blue-grey-green to dark purple.
of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of E.
Taxon has lots of synonyms,
with several controversial varieties and
subspecies, and comprises a multitude of