Giant chin cactus

Giant chin cactus grows solitarily in arid zones and prefers partly shaded conditions.   It highly tolerates strong sunlight but the strong sunlight in summer stunts its growth.

The stem is dull green or bluish green, globular, and becomes up to 40cm in diameter and up to 90cm in height.

The spine consists of one to three central spines and ten to fifteen radial spines.   Both, central and radial spines, are three to four centimeters in length, are yellowish brown to reddish-brown, darker in color at its end and turn gray with age.

During the growth period, pink-tinged white flowers bloom repeatedly, which are two to three centimeters in diameter.

The fruit is a sap fruit which turns red when it ripens and tears to release small blackish brown seeds.

This species is listed in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) appendix 2.

Classification: Cactaceae Gymnocalycium
Scientific name: Gymnocalycium saglionis
Japanese name: Shintenchi
English Name: Giant chin cactus
Native locality: The northern part of Argentina
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Planting place: South and Central America Greenhouse
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