Echinocactus saglionis Cels
Brachycalycium tilcarense Backeb.
Echinocactus hybogonus Salm-Dyck
Common Name: Giant Chn Cactus
Gymnocalycium saglionis is a spiny, evergreen, barrel cactus producing a solitary, flattened globose stem up to 15cm tall and 30cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is grown as an ornamental.
Gymnocalycium saglionis has a wide range, is locally abundant, is present in several protected areas and there are no major threats affecting it. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
S. America - northwest Argentina
Rocky hills within monte and chaco habitats; at elevations from 500 - 2,600 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Gymnocalycium saglionis is a plant of semi-arid climates with hot summers. It can tolerate occasional, short-lived frosts with temperatures falling to -7°c[
In cultivation, Cactus plants generally will not succeed in moist climates. They usually require a sunny position in a well-drained, circumneutral soil and to be kept more or less dry in the dormant season[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Used to make a jam[
]. The reddish fruits are globose[