Feb 2009 Rebutia muscula

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Feb 2009 Rebutia muscula

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Rebutia muscula Ritter & Thiele

Growth Habits: Small clumping plant with a covering of fine white spines 3 cm (1 1\4") wide, 4 cm (1 1\2") tall.

Scientific name; Rebutia muscula

Common names: Little Mouse Orange Snowball.

Synonym: Rebutia permutata, Rebutia wessneriana var. permutata, Cylindrorebutia nicolai, Aylostera muscula, Rebutia nicolaii

Etymology:Rebutia Named after the French nurseryman Pierre Rebut.
The species name "muscula" meaning mouse like refering to the fine fur like coating of spines.

Origin: Narvaez, Tarija, Bolivia.

Light: Full sun to light shade.

Compost. A free draining standard cactus mix.

Water: Regular water in spring to autumn.

Flower: The normal flower colour is orange but there is also a peach coloured "sport" known as "aprica" in cultivation.

Min temp: Hardy to 20°F (-7°C), for short periods.

Cultivation: Easy to grow and remains quite a small plant.

Comments: A good plant for beginners as it is not very demanding and takes up little room. If allowed to go below 45°F (7°C) in winter and kept dry it should flower in spring to early summer.in the "sport"flowers change from pale orange to peach colour as they age.
young juvenile plant


image showing flowers changing colour with age in the sport "aprica"

the peach coloured sport

normal and peach coloured sport together