Lobivia Britton & Rose (1922)

The genus name arose by a anagram of the name of the main distribution area Bolivia.
globularly to short cylindrically, not very big, simple or forming clusters

ribs partly seperated in oblique tubercles
spines very different, often long and upward directed
flowers funnel shaped, opens at the day, yellow or red and all shades thereof, also multicoloured,
especially with different-coloured center, hairy at the outside, at large flowers the upper stamens individual on a hymen

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Andean highlands from Argentinia via Bolivia to South Peru
mountains and high mountain range

Growth period

sunny and airy with a protection against full sun
great heat is to avoid, take care for a good ventilation, high temperatur differences between
day and night and between summer and winter are very conducive for a healthy growth
at great heat without ventilation and cooling down at the night shows all Lobivia a paltry growth
watering first after appearing of the first buds, during the growth period Lobiva requires somewhat
more moisture than other cacti, especially plants with a tap root, are sensitive to, to much moisture

Winter period

each colder the better and absolutely very light at 42–46 F (6–8°C), also colder to 37 F (3°C) possible
dry and light, not for a longer time in darkness
a cold place during the winter furthers the flowering and floweriness
the winter rest should start at the end of October and continue till the first buds appear


nutritious, permeable to water with somewhat humus, but more of the mineralic ingredients
addition of crushed bricks or somewhat like is favourable
Lobivia densispina (Werdermann) Backeberg (1936)
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in 4921–9843 ft (1500–3000 m) altitude


short cylindrically, to 1.3 in (3.5 cm) high, to 1.1 in (2,8 cm) Ø, also clumping, dark green
ribs to 24, small, low, somewhat bumpy
radial spines soft like bristles
to 7 central spines, stronger, needle like, partly brown

flowers yellow, center green, hymen white


Hymenorebutia densispina (Werdermann) Buining (1939)
Salpigolobivia densispina
(Werdermann) Y. Ito (1957)
Lobivia famatimensis var. densispina (Werdermann) Backeberg (1959)
Lobivia haematantha var. densispina (Werdermann) Rausch (1976)
Lobivia haematantha ssp. densispina (Werdermann) Rausch ex G. D. Rowley (1982)
Echinopsis densispina Werdermann (1934)


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