Donate now to support the LLIFLE projects.
Your support is critical to our success.
Wigginsia leucocarpa (Arechav.) D.M.Porter
Taxon 13: 211. 1964

Accepted Scientific Name: Parodia sellowii (Link & Otto) D.R.Hunt
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 4: 6. 1997 [Oct 1997]

Wigginsia leucocarpa Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
This plant is recognizable for the metallic-grey to bluish‑gray stem that in full sun take a beautiful purple tinge. The flower are many petaled, the spines are few (usually 3) strong and long and the fruit is white.


See all synonyms of Parodia sellowii
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Parodia sellowii (Link & Otto) D.R.Hunt
Cactaceae Consensus Init. 4: 6. 1997 [Oct 1997]
Synonymy: 109

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Parodia sellowii group

  • Parodia sellowii (Link & Otto) D.R.Hunt: has flattened stems, about 15 cm Ø producing several yellow flowers together around the woolly stem apex. It is extremely variable. Distribution: Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and North Argentina.
  • Wigginsia corynodes (Otto ex Pfeiff.) D.M.Porter: has dark olive-green body, with thirteen to sixteen, deep ribs and clusters of seven to twelve dark-zoned, yellow spines. Distribution: Southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
  • Wigginsia fricii (Arechav.) D.M.Porter: has 6-7 radial spines, yellowish or whitish, unequal, curved, pliable, not piercing. Flowers ca. 3 cm long. Distribution: Coast of Uruguay.
  • Wigginsia leucocarpa (Arechav.) D.M.Porter: has light-colored fruits white or pale pink (never purple). Distribution: Uruguay.
  • Wigginsia macracantha (Arechav.) D.M.Porter: has somewhat stouter spines and larger flowers. Distribution: Uruguay.
  • Wigginsia sessiliflora (Hook.) D.M.Porter: has significantly smaller flower (less tha 2.5 cm across). Distribution: Northern Argentina (Sierra Lihuel - Calel, Sierra de Tandil, and Sierra de la Ventana)
  • Wigginsia vorwerkiana (Werderm. ex Backeb.) D.M.Porter: Distribution: Colombia.

11640 cactus-art Cactus Art
Wigginsia leucocarpa Photo by: Cactus Art
11638 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Wigginsia leucocarpa Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

Your Actions
Wigginsia Back to Wigginsia index
Cactaceae Back to Cactaceae index
Cacti Back to Cacti Encyclopedia index