Family: Cactaceae
Habitat: Bolivia’s mountainous areas
Cultivation: It is a more delicate cactus than other species: it needs particular attention as exposure to sunlight and as watering. It does not tolerate temperatures below zero.
Curiosity: Sulcorebutia, along with other types of cactaceae, has recently been aggregated into the Rebutia genus.


The Sulcorebutia were aggregated into the genus Rebutia, which is therefore more appropriately represented by a subgenre. They are small, globose cacti, with a tendency to form very interesting aesthetic compositions. The stem does not have obvious ribs and is, instead, organized in small tubercles. The thorns are tiny and numerous and often cover the entire surface of the plant. The colors are various, according to the species: bright green, dark green, violet or reddish for the stem; white or yellow light or brown for thorns.

The flowers are relatively large compared to the stem. Flowering occurs at the base of the plant, in the daytime, in pink, red, yellow, orange, pink, from the young age.


These are the currently recognized Sulcorebutia species.

  • Sulcorebutia alba
  • S. albida
  • S. albissima
  • S. arani
  • S. arenacea
  • S. arenacea v. candiae
  • S. arenacea v. kamiensis
  • S. arenacea v. menesesii
  • S. augustinii
  • S. azurduyensis
  • S. breviflora
  • S. breviflora v. haseltonii
  • S. breviflora forma – orange
  • S. breviflora ssp. haseltonii
  • S. breviflora v. haseltonii
  • S. breviflora v. laui
  • S. caineana
  • S. callichroma
  • S. callichroma v. albiareolata
  • S. callichroma v. longispina
  • S. camargoensis
  • S. candiae
  • S. candiae v. kamiensis
  • S. canigueralii
  • S. canigueralii ssp. crispata
  • S. canigueralii v. applanata
  • S. canigueralii v. aureiflora
  • S. cantargalloensis
  • S. caracarensis
  • S. cardenasiana
  • S. christiae
  • S. cochabambina
  • S. crispata
  • S. crispata v. muelleri
  • S. cuprea
  • S. elizabethae
  • S. flavissima
  • S. frankiana
  • S. frankiana v. lilaciana
  • S. gemmae
  • S. gemmae ssp. naunacaensis v. elizabethae
  • S. gerosenilis
  • S. heinzii
  • S. heliosoides
  • S. hertusii
  • S. hoffmanniana
  • S. huanacuniensis
  • S. juckeri
  • S. krugerae
  • S. krugerae v. hoffmannii
  • S. lamprochlora
  • S. langeri
  • S. lepida
  • S. losenickyana
  • S. losenickyana v. chatajillensis
  • S. mariana v. prantneri
  • S. markusii
  • S. markusii ssp. tintiniensis
  • S. menesesii v. kamiensis
  • S. mentosa
  • S. mentosa v. albissima
  • S. mizquensis
  • S. naunacaensis
  • S. naunasensis
  • S. pasopayana
  • S. patriciae
  • S. polymorpha
  • S. pulchra
  • S. pulchra v. albiareolata
  • S. purpurea
  • S. purpurea ssp. santiaginiensis
  • S. rauschii
  • S. rauschii v. violacidermis
  • S. roberto-vasquezii
  • S. santiaginensis
  • S. steinbachii
  • S. steinbachii ssp. kruegerii v. hoffmanii
  • S. steinbachii ssp. markusii
  • S. cuprea
  • S. steinbachii ssp. verticillacantha v. cuprea
  • S. steinbachii ssp. verticillacantha v. taratensis
  • S. steinbachii v. clizensis
  • S. steinbachii v. gracilior
  • S. steinbachii v. taratensis
  • S. swobodae
  • S. swobodae v. brunispina
  • S. tarabucoensis
  • S. tarabucoensis v. callecallensis
  • S. tarabucoensis ssp. hertusii
  • S. tarabucoensis ssp. hertusii forma
  • S. tarabucoensis ssp. patriciae
  • S. tarabucoensis v. aureiflora
  • S. tarabucoensis v. callecallensis
  • S. tarabucoensis v. hertusii
  • S. taratensis
  • S. taratensis v. minima
  • S. tarvitaensis
  • S. tiraquensis
  • S. tiraquensis ssp. mariana v. australis
  • S. tiraquensis ssp. mariana v. laui
  • S. tiraquensis ssp. totorensis v. aguilarii
  • S. tiraquensis ssp. totorensis v. renatae
  • S. tiraquensis v. aguilarii
  • S. tiraquensis v. augustinii
  • S. tiraquensis v. bicolorispina
  • S. tiraquensis v. lepida
  • S. tiraquensis v. oenantha
  • S. tiraquensis v. totorensis
  • S. torotorensis
  • S. totorensis
  • S. tuberculata-chrysantha
  • S. tuberculato-chrysantha
  • S. tunariensis
  • S. vargasii
  • S. vargasii v. viridissima
  • S. vasqueziana
  • S. vasqueziana ssp. losenickyana
  • S. vasqueziana v. albispina
  • S. veronikae
  • S. verticillacantha
  • S. verticillacantha v. applanata
  • S. verticillacantha v. aureiflora
  • S. verticillacantha v. cuprea
  • S. xanthoantha


  • EXPOSURE: Choose a place in the sun, but take care to repair them with during the hottest summer days.
  • TEMPERATURE: It loves warm climates, but for good flowering, in winter it needs to be kept in a cool place. It does not hold temperatures below 0 ° C.
  • WATERING: Moderate water from April to October (once every 3-4 days as needed) and suspend completely in winter. The soil during the dry season must be dry, because it is very sensitive to root rots (more than other cacti).
  • SOIL: Choose a not thin and rich mineral soil . Use sand on the surface, all around the plant, to reduce the risk of rotting.
  • CONCIMATION: It is sufficient to fertilize with a specific product for cactaceae at the beginning of spring.
  • REPOTTING: The need to repot depends more on the creation of the brush than by the growth of the single plant, which remains small in size. We suggest therefore quite large vessels, and to be very careful in treating the roots.
  • REPRODUCTION: By seed or by pollen. The simplest and quickest method is to take the suckers directly from the sides of the plant when they are formed and planted separately.

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