Aylostera Spegazzinii (1923)

overgrown flower tube (a characteristic that separates them from Rebutia)
dwarf cactus, globular, usually somewhat extended (Rebutia are more oblate)
adult plants are strong sprouting and form large cushions
flowers usually in half-body height, not at the base or head
flower tube is externally covered with hair and bristles

Highslide JS


north-Argentinia - Tucuman
south-Bolivia - La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro
in the higher Andean valleys at altitudes of 1000–4500 m (3280–14765 ft)

Growth period

sunny and breezly, avoid excessive heat and blazing sun
temporarily stay in the open air possible
temperature differences between day and night are conducive
sufficient moisture and humidity, especially in heat
pour in the spring after the buds begin to approach

Winter period

very bright and dry at 6–12°C (43 to 53°F)


nutritious, average porous cactus soil
Aylostera albiareolata F. Ritter (1977)
Highslide JS
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Tarija - east of Tarija


body leaf-green
areoles white, dense wolly
10–14 radial spines, glassy, white, cover short white, about 0,6–1 cm (0.2–0.4 in) long hairs
1 central spine, 0,8–1,5 cm (0.3–0.6 in) long, mostly stiffer
buds almost blackish red (identifying feature)
flowers 3 cm (1.2 in)
Ø, inside bright red, at the lower trunk
fruit is a thin berry, later burst
seeds black, tiny


Rebutia albiareolata F. Ritter (1977)
Rebutia pseudodeminuta
C. Backeberg (1933)


Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.