Notocactus (K. Schumann) Frič (1928)

(Brasiliparodia, Malacocarpus, Wigginsia)
(greek notos = southern; latin cactus = cactus, thistle)
cactus of the south
Notocactus got its name because of its origin far distant in the south, inside of the older genus Echinocactus

globular, medium sized, partly short columnar; spines variabel, thin or broad, multi-colored or single-colored
flowers large, numerous, usually yellow with red stigma, also reddish, orange or with yellow stigma
fruits fleshy, at ripeness also thin-walled and slackly

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lowlands of Argentinia, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay
steppes and mountains

Growth period

warm, sunny and somewhat airy with cooling down in the night
prevent full sun for slightly spined species
a location outside of the greenhouse is temporarly possible
constant moisture and humidity during the growth period
permanent wetness is to prevent

Winter period

bright but not too cold at about 46–53F (8–12°C) not complete dry
some species of this genus require a warmer winter rest not colder than 53F (12°C)
(e.g. Notocactus mueller-melchersii)


the soil should be nutritious humus-rich and permeable to water
addition of coarse gravel, sand, loam and turf
Notocactus sellowii (Link & Otto) Theunissen (1981)
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Rio Grande do Sul
Entre Ríos, Córdoba, Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Río Negro
Uruguay, Colombia


named after Friedrich Sellow
± hemispherical, to 5.9 in (15 cm) high and Ø, gray green
apex very wooly
ribs 16–18, also more, sharp-edged, somewhat broadened above the areoles
spines horn colored
5–7 radial spines, the upper 0.6 in (1.5 cm) long, 3 lower to 1 in (2.5 cm) long, stronger
1 central spine appears often on older plants, to 0.8 in (2 cm) long, straight, downward bended
flowers ca. 1.8 in (4.5 cm) long, canary-yellow

Flowering time

June–July in cultivation
4–5 years from seed
Synonyms Echinocactus sellowii Link & Otto (1827)
Malacocarpus sellowii
(Link & Otto) K. Schumann (1890) (incorrect name)
Echinocactus acuatus
var. sellowii (Link & Otto) Spegazzini (1905)
Wigginsia sellowii
(Link & Otto) F. Ritter (1979)
Parodia sellowii
(Link & Otto) D. R. Hunt (1997)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.