Gymnocalycium borthii Koop ex h Till 1987

Plants flattened globose to elongate globose, gray-green to violet-brown, to 10 cm (3.9 in) high and 9 cm (3.5 in) in diameter. Ribs 9-16, vertical, with rounded chinlike protru-

Gymnocalycium bodenbenderianum subsp. intertextum, photograph by Jean-Marie Solichon
Gymnocalycium bruchii

sions. Spines usually 5, sometimes as many as 9, flexible to rigid, straight, radiating, one pointing downward, to 2.5 cm (1 in) long. Flowers funnelform, white with pinkish throats, to 4.5 cm (1.8 in) long and 5 cm (2 in) in diameter. Fruits spindle shaped, to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) in diameter. Distribution: near Quines, San Luis, Argentina.

Gymnocalycium bruchii (Spegazzini) Hosseus 1926 Frailea bruchii Spegazzini 1923 Gymnocalycium lafaldense Vaupel 1924 Gymnocalycium albispinum Backeberg 1936

Plants freely sprouting, forming mats of many small stems. Stems dark green, to 3.5 cm (1.4 in) high and 6 cm (2.4 in) in diameter. Ribs 12, low, rounded, divided into tubercles without chinlike protrusions. Central spines 1-3, sometimes absent, erect, white or brownish. Radial spines 12-14, curved backward, thin, bristle-like, glassy white, to 6 mm (0.2 in) long. Flowers delicate violet-pink to white, 3.5-5 cm (1.4-2 in) long and in diameter. Fruits globose, bluish to whitish. Distribution: Córdoba, Argentina.

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