Sulcorebutia verticillacantha var. applanata Don. & Krahn
In Cact. & Succ. J. Amer. 36: 26-27, 1964
Chuquisaca, Prov. Oropeza, on the south-east outskirts of the town of
Sucre, on the Cerro Churuquella, 2800-2900 m (type locality), in
addition, a further population is located approximately over Sucre and
along the road to Poroma.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES Appendix II.
Etymology: The generic name "Sulcorebutia" is from
the Latin "sulcus", meaning furrow. The specific
name "canigueralii" comes from its discoverer Father
Juan Cañigueral, priest at Rocoleta in Sucre, Bolivia.
The variety epithet "applanata" ( Latin for flattened)
refers to the flattened top of the heads.
growing clustering cactus that may
Rapidly offsetting from the base,
small, dull grey-green, individual
stems 2,5 cm tall, 3 cm in diameter.
(3-5 mm wide) . In older
plants tubercles are arranged in up to 13(-16)
merging in the apex.
with short white
5 mm long,
1 mm wide.
Radial spines: 11 to 14,
fine, bristly, 1,5-3 mm long tight, pectinate,
pointing diagonally and
downward. Whitish with brownish
base partially interlaced.
None or 1 to 2 ± distant and erect,
whitish with darker base.
Flowers: Buds greenish, brownish to reddish, from
basal, older areoles, up to 40
mm long and 50 mm wide, odourless to slightly muffin
smelling. More or less
bi-coloured, red, often
more brownish or violet at the tips, throat usually paler red or fading
in orange or yellow, but less frequently uniformly red , light-violet or
yellowish-green or yellowish-red with tan coloured
Filaments yellowish with reddish bases, style yellowhish, with 5-6
Flowers are produced in late
spring and remain open for three or four days.
Fruit: Reddish to
brownish approx 6
mm wide, with brown scales.
Under the lowest scales
usually it is possible to find some fine, white hair.
Seeds: 1.2-1.4 mm long and 1-1.2 mm wide.
conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
plants belonging to the Lobivia
Taxon has lots of synonyms whit
several controversial varieties and subspecies and comprises a multitude
of different forms, but where each form is linked to others by
populations of plants with intermediate characteristics):