Rebutia heliosa KK844 Jucanas, Tarija, 3000
White spines & brown areoles make this plant very attractive
even when not in
Flowers profusely with large orange-red,
funnel-shaped, long -necked
This is one of the most floriferous cactus.
An "Egyptian Locust" looking at the
blooming R. heliosa.
Photo and © copyright by Natalia Esteban (Spain)
Photo and © copyright by
Massimo Giannelli (Italy)
Rausch, Kakt. & Sukkulent. 21. 30., 1970
(Rausch) W.Haage (Nom. nud.) 1977
Bolivia (Near Tarija (Jucanas) on the road to Narvaez)
Habitat: It grows in mountainous areas at an
altitude around 2500 m 3000 m over sea level
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES Appendix II
is named in honour of "Pierre Rebut",
19th century French cactus dealer and expert.
species name "heliosa"
from the Greek "helios (ηλιος)”
which means “the sun”
in allusion at the
disposal of the spines
and the Latinizing
adjective suffix for noun “-osus"
indicating plenitude or notable development.
The specific name implies:
"of the sun").
It is essentially a miniature plant
readily forms a
mound of tiny heads.
Heads 2.5 cm wide, rarely higher than 3 cm or more.
almost completely the small stems
funnel-shaped, long -necked, 4 cm in diameter, 5 cm long.
Profusely flowering in
Grown outdoor in
the rock garden all year round without any protection against rain
This is a very distinctive plant even without flowers. The “sunny”
Rebutia is particularly attractive, thanks to its tiny silver-white pectinate spines and brown areoles, a gem!!!
These plants come from
mountainous areas, so like bright light, cool and
dry conditions in the
winter; this is important for the
flowers as well as for their
health. Without this
cool winter period (0-10° C) they normally won't get many
buds. They have
taproot and are of difficult cultivation and
rot prone because of a great
sensitivity to the
excess of watering, not easy to get to any large size on their
own roots really a challenge to grow into a large
clump. They are commonly
grafted to avoid root problems and to make easier to grow.
Sun Exposure: Suited for
sunny-brightly exposure; can tolerate
Cultural Practices: Suited for
airy exposures. Needs deep pot and good
drainage to accommodate its
It is very cold resistant as low as
to -10° C or less
for short periods of time. It is a fine plant for a rock
garden or container, contrasts well with agaves, yuccas, and
low-growing flowering plants.
heliosa is especially
root rot, therefore,
underpot in a smaller container filled with very
Propagation: Cutting as it branches freely from
the base; Also can be grown from seeds or
graft. Seeds can be sown in the spring or summer. The seedlings
should not be disturbed until they are well rooted, after which they
can be planted separately in small pots.
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