Frailea phaeodisca

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This Site is a resource for those interested in the genus Frailea: Gorgeous Flowers, Unusual Shapes & Colors, Exotic Locations and many other features make these cacti a cheerful study for all who love and enjoy plants! These small globular to short cylindrical plants are found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They were initially classified as Echinocactus; beginning with Echinocactus pumila in 1838. The genus Frailea was created by Britton and Rose, in their monumental work, ‘The Cactaceae’, first published in 1922. The genus was named for the Spaniard, Manuel Fraile, who dedicated many years in caring for the U.S, Department of Agriculture cactus collection about the time that Messrs Britton and Rose were preparing their book.

How was this site born? It coalesced from the desire of individuals who dearly adore this genus of cacti! We wanted to create a hub of information that might assist in familiarizing you with these terrific, but widely unrecognized little plants. Over time, we hope to see this site grow into a useable and reliable web resource. Whether you are new to these fabulous plants or an old hand, there is much to learn and much to gain in appreciating these little gems! Join in!

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome


Latest Updates

13-08-2023: Add article "Ohrožené miniatury - Frailea matoana a Frailea melitae. Lubomír Berka. Kaktusy V29N03: 53-55, 1983."
11-08-2023: Add article "Frailea pygmaea var. dadakii Frič emend. Prestlé. Lubomír Berka. Kaktusy V29N02 pag. 28-31, 1993."
09-08-2023: Add article "Nová specializovaná sekce pěstitelů kaktusů FRAILEA. Petr Koupelka. Kaktusy V29N01: center, 1993."
09-08-2023: Add article "Opravdový konec příběhu Frailea castanea. Lubomír Berka. Kaktusy V29N01: 5-9, 1993"
31-07-2023: Add article "Frailea cataphracta. Cactus V08: 57-58, 1974"
20-07-2023: Add article "J. van Dooren. Succulenta (Netherlands) 62(2): 37-38, 1983"
18-07-2023: Add reference "Cactussen. Cactus V03 1971
05-05-2022: Add article "Frailea buenekeri Abraham species nova. Succulenta (Netherlands) 69(3), 64-68, 1990".
29-12-2021: Updated Frailea gracillima.
19-10-2021: Added Frailea gigantea.
30-06-2021: Corrected the Gallery. It now working again.
26-05-2021: Updated Frailea grahliana.
27-02-2021: Updated Frailea curvispina.
20-10-2020: Add article "Frailea pygmaea in Argentinien. Wolfgang Papsch. Kakteen und andere Sukkulenten 68 (12) 2017".
14-07-2020: Add seedlist "Deutsche Kakteen-Gesellschaft e.V. Samenverteilung 2020".
12-03-2017: Add article "Fraileeae: B.P.R. Chéron, Tribus nova. Cactus Adventures 111-112, 2016, pagge 54-59".

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Why re-invent the wheel? The concept of this website has been unashamedly copied from the Ariocarpus Living Rocks from Mexico website with kind permission from its webmaster and site editors.  We salute their excellent website and hope that other genera will be covered similarly, ultimately resulting in a  comprehensive on-line Cactus Lexicon.



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