Turbinicarpus viereckii (group)

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Turbinicarpus viereckii (group)

Synonyms- Echinocactus viereckii, Thelocactus viereckii, Rapicactus subterraneus, Gymnocactus viereckii, Neolloydia viereckii, Pediocactus viereckii.


   Body- Solitary or clustering, globular 20-70mm high, 30-65mm wide blue-green with very woolly top.

   Root- Swollen bundled.

   Tubercles- Rhomboidal conical 5-6mm high.

   Spines- Radials- 13-22 rigid white radiating, straight, translucent 3-5mm long.

               Centrals- 3-5 slender, erect straight, white with dark tip 15-20mm long.

   Flowers- Magenta with white throat or completely white 15-30mm long, 15-35mm wide.

   Fruits- Greenish-brown slightly elongated 5-8mm long.

Distribution- In the states of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas (Mexico).


Fairly easy species to cultivate. Requires strong sun and careful watering to keep plant compact and maintain strong spines.

There are two recognised subspecies within this group:-

Turbinicarpus viereckii ssp viereckii

Turbinicarpus viereckii ssp major


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