Blossfeldia Werdermann (1937)

named after Harry Blossfeld
german botanist and plant collector in south America
dwarf, gray to shiny green, cluster forming; ribes absent
areolae tiny, spirally arranged; spines absent
flowres very small, white or yellowish white, already at 1 cm (0.4 in) tall plants

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Argentinia - Jujuy to Catamaraca
Bolivia - Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Tarara
mountains, high mountains
to vertical, facing away from sun, rock walls

Growth period

off-sun or light shade, airy location under glass
carefully pour as sensitive to moisture
grafting of the plants is recommended
culture on their own roots is recommended only for experienced collectors

Winter period

dry, light and airy, with a minimum at 3°C (37°F) preferably not more than 20°C (68°F)


mineral, sandy-loamy, slightly acidic
Blossfeldia liliputana Werdermann (1937)
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Jujuy - at Tumbaya and surrounding area in 2000 m (6562 ft) altitude
from Salta and Jujuy to south to Mendoza in 1000–3500 m (3280–11483 ft) altitude


tiny small Blossfeldia
scion, cluster forming, gray-green
ribs almost invisible
areoles spirally
spines tiny, bristles
flowers pedunculated, white, even on plants less than 1 cm (0.4 in) Ø
seeds shiny, brown


Parodia liliputana (Werdermann) N. P. Taylor (1987)


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