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Echinopsis pygmaea R.E.Fr.
Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. ser. 4, 1, no. 1: 120, tab. 8, fig. 1-3. 1905

Accepted Scientific Name: Rebutia pygmaea (R.E.Fr.) Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 47, fig. 60. 1922 Britton & Rose

Rebutia pygmaea WR 828 (Collector Walter Rausch) Yuquina (small form).
Rebutia pygmaea WR 828 (Collector Walter Rausch) Yuquina (small form).


See all synonyms of Rebutia pygmaea
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Rebutia pygmaea (R.E.Fr.) Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 47, fig. 60. 1922
Synonymy: 200

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Rebutia pygmaea group

  • Rebutia atrovirens (Backeb.) Pilbeam: It has a shining, dark green, tuberculate body with a dull violet shimmer and very dark red flowers.
  • Rebutia brunneoradicata F.Ritter: It has a distinctive brow tap root, hence the species epithet “brunneoradicata” (brown rooted).
  • Rebutia canacruzensis Rausch: has pale shell-pink flower with deeper pink throat. Distribution: Bolivia, Chuquisaca, Norrth of Cinti, near Cana Cruz.
  • Rebutia diersiana Rausch: has a distinctive yellow or orangish-yellow flowers.
  • Rebutia eos Rausch: has greyish-green body, brownish spines, darker central spine and flowers varying in colour from pure white to pink. Distribution: Tafna, Jujuy, in the Argentina/Bolivia border.
  • Rebutia gavazzii Mosti: Tiny plant with fat, dark green stem, somewhat offsetting and shiny reddish flowers.
  • Rebutia gracilispina F.Ritter: globose, later columnar, with green body colour, radial spines are very thin, numbering 7 to 10, pectinate, about 2mm long, white, red-brown at the base; Flowers: Intense vermilion to scarlet, stigma yellowish-white.
  • Rebutia haagei Frič & Schelle: Stem olive-green to dark purple-green with violet tints, the spines are glassy-white. Flowers, salmon pink up to 3 cm in diameter.
  • Rebutia haefneriana (Cullmann) Šída: has tiny dark greyish-greem to olive-green stems. Flowers are dusky pink to dark orange or red.
  • Rebutia huasiensis Rausch: Peculiar of this plant is the colouration of the external rows of petals that are often white. Distribution: Inca Huasi and adjacent areas (North of Pucara to Huankanki), Chuquisaca, Bolivia
  • Rebutia knizei (Rausch) Mosti: has yellow or orange-yellow flowers with green stigma. The stems is dark-green and take a violet tinge on in the sun. Distribution: Uyuni to Tupiza, Potosi, Bolivia.
  • Rebutia minor (Rausch) Mosti: has the smallest known stems of the group, less than 2 cm tall very dark coloured, with dark areoles, and yellow to orange yellow flowers. Distribution: Bolivia, Chuquisaca, Sud Cinti at Yuquina near Culpina,
  • Rebutia pygmaea WR 828 (Collector Walter Rausch) Yuquina (small form).Rebutia pygmaea (R.E.Fr.) Britton & Rose: Small clumping plants up to 4 cm tall.Body grey-green to dark purple-green, spines short glass-white. Flowers usually salmon pink, it is indeed an extremely variable species that has received numerous unnecessary names.
  • Rebutia pygmaea var. colorea (F.Ritter) Lodé: Has tiny dark olive-green to brownish-violet stems from a tap root that may exceed the size of the plant above soil level. Flowers are bright, electric carmine to purple.
  • Rebutia pygmaea var. pygmaea (F.Ritter): Areoles elliptic; spines spreading, swollen at base. Distribution: Bolivia and northwestern Argentina.
  • Rebutia rutiliflora F.Ritter: It has bright orange flowers.
  • Rebutia tafnaensis (Rausch) Šída: It has bright orange-red flowers. Distribution: La Quiaca, Jujuy, Argentina.
  • Rebutia torquata F.Ritter & Buining: has bicoloured flowers, red with a pale yellow throats and snaky ribs with areoles touching each other. Distribution: Tupiza to Impora, Mal Paso, Potosí department, Bolivia.
  • Rebutia tropaeolipicta F.Ritter: has bright orange-red flowers.

29405 cpif Peiffer Clement
Rebutia pygmaea MN 229a (= PM 367) Iruya-Condor, 3650m, Argentina (Dark body, fewer brown spines, reddish flowers). (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Peiffer Clement
24125 agocs Agócs György
Rebutia pygmaea BB 512.07 (Collector: Brian Francis Bates) Locality: Berque, Potosí, Bolivia. 3650 m (also known as RH2060b) (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Agócs György

2846 cactus-art Cactus Art
A salmon/orange flowered form also known in cultivation as Rebutia (Aylostera) haagei. subsp. mudanensis. (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Cactus Art
29355 cpif Peiffer Clement
Mediolobivia pygmaea RH 590 (Collector Ralf Hillmann) Iturbe, Jujuy, Argentina, 3450m (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Peiffer Clement

2845 cactus-art Cactus Art
The salmon flowered form is also known as Rebutia (Aylostera) haagei. (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Cactus Art
29491 cpif Peiffer Clement
Echinopsis pygmaea (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Peiffer Clement

29652 cpif Peiffer Clement
Echinopsis pygmaea (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Peiffer Clement
29741 cpif Peiffer Clement
Echinopsis pygmaea (Rebutia pygmaea) Photo by: Peiffer Clement

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