Brasilicactus Backeberg (1942)

named after its origin
the genus name Brasilicactus is rarely used
since the species was incorporated under Parodia
barrel cactus without side shoots, ribs numerous, broken into small hump
spines thin like bristles
flowers with spines, with a short tube, usually self-fertile

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Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina
Uruguay - Maldonado
steppes and mountains

Growth period

sunny and breezy, sometimes without glass cover
protection from the blazing sun (especially in young plants)
plenty of watering, not too little moisture during heat

Winter period

dry, light and airy, with a minimum at 8–12°C (46–53°F)
mountain species at lower teperatures


sand and mineral, with a bit of humus content, slightly acidic
Brasilicactus graessneri var. flaviflorus Backeberg (1966)
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Rio Grande do Sul, on rocks between grass


somewhat broad globular, up to 10 cm (4 in) tall
ribs 50–60, completely decomposed into small hump
up to 60 spines, up to 2 cm (0.8 in) long, yellow
thereof 5–6 center spines, somewhat stronger, darker

flowers 1,8 cm (0.7 in) long, clear yellow, already appear at the end of winter


Parodia haselbergii ssp. haselbergii (K. Schumann) Hofacker & P. J. Braun (1998)


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