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Cacti Genus blossfeldia




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Blossfeldia

Etymology -The genus was named in honour of the discoverer of the first species, Blossfeldia liliputana, Harry Blossfeld Jr. Whose expeditions in Brazil and other South American countries have resulted in many finds of horticultural interest.
Small in stature, but big in interest, Blossfeldia is a single-species genus that is the smallest of all cacti maxing out at 1/2 inch (12mm) in diameter. The species name of liliputana attests to its small stature as it is derived from the island Lilliput from the novel Gulliver's Travels where all the people where tiny. These plants may grow as solitary little buttons or form many-stemmed clumps. They do not have ribs, tubercles, or spines.Flowers are white, delicate, and may slightly exceed the diameter of the entire stem.

Blossfeldia grows on the eastern side of the Andes mountains in Bolivia and Argentina from 4,000 to almost 12,000 feet in elevation. In this harsh environment, this remarkable species can survive extreme drying out.

Blossfeldia liliputana


Common Name(s):
Synonym(s): Parodia liliputana, Blossfeldia campaniflora, Blossfeldia fechseri, Blossfeldia atroviridis, Blossfeldia pedicellata, Blossfeldia minima, Blossfeldia subterranea, Blossfeldia formosa
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Notocacteae
Distribution: Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca - Argentina, Potosi - Bolivia (South America)
Habit: Buttonlike
Flower: Pink, WhiteEncounterability: Unusual in Collections
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Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: CSSA Show at Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Craig and Denise Fry's Personal Collection

Photographer: Craig Fry

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Horacio de la Fuente

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Horacio de la Fuente

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Horacio de la Fuente

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Horacio de la Fuente

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Horacio de la Fuente

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Süleyman Demir's Private Collection in Ankara, Turkey

Photographer: Süleyman

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel

Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe
Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe
Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe
Blossfeldia liliputana
B. liliputana
Picture taken at: Habitat in Argentina

Photographer: Craig Howe

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