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Posted by paloma_2009 (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 19, 09 at 8:50

Hi, I would like to know the name of this cacti & also why the top center is turning redish.
TIA
paloma

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Gymnocalycium stenopleurum.

It looks as if the top has lost its chlorophyll. I have heard/read about similar plants, but I don't think I have seen one. Was it completely green when you got it?


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Thank you so much for your reply. I do not remember if the cactus was already decoloring in the center, but I found a pic where it shows very pale in the center and is turning to orange and now dark bourgundy. I just repoted it to check if it was something in his roots, it looks just fine maybe it needed some water. Keep you posted.

Paloma from Argentina


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No, this has not to do with the roots, it is most likely a variegated plant, i.e. it is it a mutation with areas with no or little chlorophyll. They are much appreciated in southeast Asia, and that is where I have found most sites with pictures of these "freaks".


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oops, so sorry I meant to reply to this post and posted a new one, it will not happen again.

I've been reading about hibutan and that kind of freaky gymno are used for that procedure. Now I wonder when my freaky gymno is going to bloom ;-)
TIA
paloma
the pic shows how greenish was the center spot when I bought it


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So your cactus is grafted? Then it was probably done by someone who knew that the plant would become variegated, it is uncommon to graft normal, green Gymnocalycium.

I am not sure of exactly what 'Hibotan' is, I think it is a completely red clone.

They normally flower in summer, usually pink or white.


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This site provides the history about hibotan, very interesting.

http://www.lapshin.org/cultivar/N12/histor-e.htm


paloma


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