Argentina Chin Cactus
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Argentina Chin Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Jayasree Sen
Common name: Argentina Chin Cactus
Botanical name: Gymnocalycium neuhuberi    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Argentina Chin Cactus grow individually with gray-green, flattened spherical stems which can reach a diameter of 7 cm in height and up to 4.8 cm spread. The nine to twelve wavy ribs are arranged in a conspicuous hump. The circular to oval thereon areoles are bald. The needle-shaped, stiff, straight to slightly curved spines are yellowish. The central spines, initially there is only one individual, then there are four, are crossed. The usually nine spines are 1.5-2 cm long. The top two pairs are shorter and measure just 1.2 inches. The funnel-shaped pinkish mauve flowers have a length from 2.7-3.6 cm in diameter and reach 2.6-3.4 cm. The inverted egg-shaped fruits are dark green and reach a diameter of 1-1.2 cm and a length of 1.5-1.8 cm. Argentina Chin Cactus is native to South America, cultivated globally.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Kolkata.

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