Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis

Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis

Scientific Name

Rebutia rauschii f. violacidermis


Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Rebutia


Rebutia rauschii f. violacidermis is a small cactus that forms clumps of many violet-green to bright mauve stems with characteristic very short, black spines. The stems are covered by flat tubercles, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) tall and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. In older plants, tubercles are arranged in up to 16 spiral lines merging in the apex. Areoles are long, narrow, with short white felt. Spines are completely flattened against the tubercles. Flowers are deep magenta, funnel-shaped, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and about the same diameter.


USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

If you can grow cacti and succulents successfully, you can likely grow the popular Rebutia without too much trouble. Their water and light requirements are fairly typical for many cacti species, including a cooling period in the winter to promote better blooming. Watering should be done carefully, allowing the plant to almost dry out between waterings. The cactus mustn't be exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. For the best viewing, instead of propagating your offsets, let the plant for a large cluster. When it blooms, this will make a stunning display. Lastly, make sure to fertilizer during the growing season for the best results.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a cactus, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Rebutia.


Rebutia rauschii is a form of the variable Rebutia canigueralii native to Bolivia.


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Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis

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You will receive a plant very similar to the one shown in a 3.5 inch pot with many pups forming around the main plant.
This dainty tough cactus that forms clumps of many violet-green to bright mauve heads with characteristic very short, black spines.
The stems are up to 2 inches tall, up to 2 inches in diameter, and covered by flat tubercles. In older plants, tubercles are arranged in up to 16 spiral lines merging in the apex.
The areoles are long, narrow, with short white felt. The spines are completely flattened against the tubercles.
Flowers are magenta and profuse with as the plant ages. Do not water when the soil is wet and do not expose to freezing temperatures.

Planting instructions.
Plant in fast draining soil. Only water once water approaches 100% dry. Watering too often will result in rot. This plant has a tuberous root system and will not accept more water than it needs. A deep pot is recommended and will offer more space for the tuberous root to expand.

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Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis - garden

Accepted Scientific Name: Rebutia canigueralii Cárdenas
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 36: 26, figs. 1964

Origin and Habitat: Sucre, Chuquisaca, Bolivia

Description: Miniature clustering species (rarely solitary), readily forms clumps of many heads
Stem: individual stems 2(4) cm tall, 3(5) cm in diameter. The stem is covered by flat tubercles (5mm wide), which vary in colour between violet-green and bright mauve. In older plants tubercles are arranged in up to 16 spiral line merging in the apex.
Areoles: Long, narrow, with short white felt.
Spines: 9-11, short, black radial spines, 1 to 2 mm long, pointing diagonally and downward, completely flattened against the tubercles. They take the characteristic form of a fishbone.
Roots: Conical
Flower: 20 - 50 mm long, 35 - 50 mm wide floral tube funnel-shaped yellowish green with tan coloured scales, tepals deep magenta with a clearer throat.
Fruit: Reddish brown, 4 - 5 mm wide.
Phenology: Blossoming time: late spring.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Rebutia canigueralli group

  • Rebutia canigueralii" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/5130/Rebutia_canigueralii'> Rebutia canigueralii Cárdenas : Slow growing clustering cactus that may forms clumps of many heads. This is a highly variable species with several forms with light green to purple colouration and small spines. Flowers mostly bicoloured orange, red or purple with a yellow throat, but the amount of red vs. yellow varies widely.
  • Rebutia canigueralii subs. crispata (Rausch) Donald ex D.R.Hunt : Forms small globular bodies nearly obscured by a variable ivory to golden spination. Spines are pectinated, bristly, flexible and more or less curved. Freely clusters to form large mounds.
  • Rebutia pulchra" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/5145/Rebutia_pulchra'> Rebutia pulchra Cárdenas : Stems 40-50 mm Ø, dull olive-green with violet. Radials 10-12 yellow/brown, fine 2-4 mm long. Centrals usually absent. Flowers magenta, red or bicoloured. Distribution: Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
  • Sulcorebutia callecallensis" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15364/Sulcorebutia_callecallensis'> Sulcorebutia callecallensis (F.H.Brandt) Pilbeam : has tiny clustering stems, short, pectinate adpressed spines and outstanding bicoloured yellow-red blooms. Distribution: Cerro Calle Calle, Chuquisaca.
  • Sulcorebutia canigueralii var. applanata" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15233/Sulcorebutia_canigueralii_var._applanata'> Sulcorebutia canigueralii var. applanata (Donald & Krahn) Horáček : has small, dull grey-green stems, rapidly offsetting from the base, Flowers bi-coloured yellw-red or purple. Distribution: Cerro Churuquella, Sucre.
  • Sulcorebutia frankiana" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15093/Sulcorebutia_frankiana'> Sulcorebutia frankiana Rausch : has small-bodies with fox-brown spines and pink to magenta flowers. Distribution: Sucre to Los Alamos and adjacent areas, Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
  • Sulcorebutia gerosenilis" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/22447/Sulcorebutia_gerosenilis'> Sulcorebutia gerosenilis ?íha & Arandia : Same as Sulcorebutia crispata v. hertusii.
  • Sulcorebutia hertusii" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/11546/Sulcorebutia_hertusii'> Sulcorebutia hertusii (Halda & Horáček) Halda & Horáček : Body dark-purple coloured covered by hair-like, white or yellowish, twisted spines.
  • Sulcorebutia losenickyana" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15098/Sulcorebutia_losenickyana'> Sulcorebutia losenickyana Rausch : has bristly, tight, pectinate spines, pointing diagonally and downward, partially interlaced. Whitish with brownish base, but also golden, brown or almost black. Distribution: Chuquisaca and Potosí.
  • Sulcorebutia pasopayana" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15223/Sulcorebutia_pasopayana'> Sulcorebutia pasopayana (F.H.Brandt) Gertel : A small-headed low growing, mound forming, cactus that forms large clumps, sometime with hundreds of heads. The flowers are blood red.
  • Sulcorebutia rauschii" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/10863/Sulcorebutia_rauschii'> Sulcorebutia rauschii G.Frank : Stems highly coloured in purple with very small dark pectinaded spines. Flowers magenta. Distribution: Zudañez, Chuquisaca.
  • Sulcorebutia rauschii f. aureispina" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/10864/Sulcorebutia_rauschii_f._aureispina'> Sulcorebutia rauschii f. aureispina hort. : This form has short yellow pectinate spines on a mauve body. Distribution: Zudañez, Chuquisaca.
  • Sulcorebutia rauschii f. cristata" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/19107/Sulcorebutia_rauschii_f._cristata'> Sulcorebutia rauschii f. cristata hort. : Crested form.
  • Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/11708/Sulcorebutia_rauschii_f._violacidermis'> Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis hort. : Beautiful selected form with nice and distinctive dark violet body. Distribution: Zudañez, Chuquisaca.
  • Sulcorebutia rauschii f. viridermis" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/19115/Sulcorebutia_rauschii_f._viridermis'> Sulcorebutia rauschii f. viridermis hort. : Green form. Distribution: Zudañez, Chuquisaca.
  • Sulcorebutia roberto-vasquezii" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/34231/Sulcorebutia_roberto-vasquezii'> Sulcorebutia roberto-vasquezii Diers & Krahn
  • Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/15216/Sulcorebutia_tarabucoensis'> Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis Rausch : has globular stems with a long taproot. Radial spines bristly to 10 mm long, cream or yellowish, pectinated. Blooms red or dark magenta. Distribution: Tarabuco, Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
  • Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis var. aureiflora" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/34806/Sulcorebutia_tarabucoensis_var._aureiflora'> Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis var. aureiflora (Rausch) K.Augustin & Gertel : has yellow or yellow and orange red flowers, grey-green epidermis, and yellow to white spines up to 10 mm long. Distrtibution: Tarabuco and adjacent areas, Sucre, Bolivia. = Sulcorebutia callecallensis.
  • Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis subs. patriciae" href='/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/11567/Sulcorebutia_tarabucoensis_subs._patriciae'> Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis subs. patriciae B.Bates, Halda, Heřtus & Horáček : Spines yellowish brisly, hairlike. This plant is very similar (if not the same) to Sulcorebutia crispata v. hertusii.

Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey “The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass” Cambridge University Press, 11/Aug./2011
2) David Hunt, Nigel Taylor “The New Cactus Lexicon” DH Books, 2006
3) Edward F. Anderson “The Cactus Family” Timber Press, 2001
4) Anderson E. F.: "The Cactus Family" Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2001
5) Ritter Fr.: "Kakteen in Südamerika" Spangenberg, 1980
6) John Pilbeam "Sulcorebutia and Weingartia: A Collector's Guide" Timber Press, 1985
7) E Haustein “Der Kosmos Kakteenfuehrer (the Kosmos Cactus Guide)” Balogh Scientific Books 01 December 1998
8) Cullmann W., Götz E., Gröner G.”Kakteen: Kultur, Vermehrung und Pflege - Lexikon der Gattungen und Arten” Ulmer, Stuttgart, 1984

Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis Photo by: Andrea B.
Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

Sulcorebutia.rauschii, aka: Rebutia canigueralii v. rauschii

This is one of my Huntington acquisitions. What I loved about it was it's rather strange looking spines (see closeup in next post) and it's rather lumpy body. According to the plantfiles it has been renamed to Rebutia canigueralii v. rauschii. Danged taxonomists.

And here is the closeup of the spines.

I can't tell whether you have the green form ( or the purple form ( Both colors are shown on your plant whereas usually it's only purple or only green. I guess time will tell.

In addition to the green form and the purple form, there's also a purple form with gold spines ( I've also seen a green form with gold spines, but couldn't find a picture of it on the Web.

Sharon's plant is Rebutia canigueralii v. rauschii.
Did anyone seen golden body of this cactus?

Yasir, there is no question as to the species of Rebutia tervherd has. The question is, which FORM it is. As stated above, there is a green form, a purple form, and a purple form with gold spines. Also as stated above, I personally have seen a green form with gold spines.

Don't worry about it, Yasir. I don't mind you confirming the ID at all. As far as what "form" it is, I really don't care. It is what it looks like. For heaven's sake. can we lighten up?

I am only differentiate between the 2 given forms of the Rebutia canigueralii v. rauschii
by ''faeden''
According to my experiance the new growing part of the body is green and in rest of this cactus makes purple
Here is my Rebutia canigueralii v. rauschii and i think '''' or may be var. apple green.
Its gold color in new growth and the lower part of this cactus is also purple,you can see in this photo.

This message was edited May 27, 2008 3:57 PM

That sure is an amazing color, Yasir! Thanks for sharing it.

WOW. I haven't seen that form before, Yasir. You might have something unique!

Thank you very much sharon and faeden.
Now what about the final decision of the sharon' Rebutia?
Here is the closup of my another same plant.

I certainly don't know what "form" it is but it certainly isn't yellow. That close up of the yellow form is phenomenal! WOW! You need to submit it to even though it isn't a bloom.

Beautiful specimen.

You have a few expert-level plants!

This one is known to be a horticulturally challenging.

Oh, great. now I'll be worried that I'm going to kill it. Why is it "challenging"?

Yasir, your close up photo is a winner! Love everything about it.

The difficulty comes in correct watering. We water it very sparingly every other time we water the other more normal plants.

What is not entirely clear is whether its growing season switches as it crosses the equator. In its native land above 7000' elevation in Bolivian desert it is dormant during the winter and tolerates very little water. UNder dry cold conditions it can tolerate sub-freezing temperatures.

This website has incredible images and a link to detailed horticultural treatment. I've concluded that Purple Plants live fairly simple lives. Not high maintenance, but absolutely must be understood! Kinda like DW. One thing the specimens in this link are unbelievably and strikingly beautiful.

If above link doesn't work try this one.

DG strips the URL and it will not link in some browsers

. You can copy everything between the quotes (") (not the quotes) paste it in the URL box at top of your screen it will drive directly to the Website when RETURN key is pressed.

Mine are like Sharon's-- rather intermediate in color. When they're grown soft they show more green with just a little red when they're cold, dry, getting a lot of sun they color up a lot into the red-purple range. They never color up as much as in the "red form" picture linked above, though. (Too bad.)

I didn't know they could tolerate freezing temps. Hmmm. If I get in a space crunch next winter, maybe I could stick mine in the south garage window. I've been flirting with the idea of putting some hardier summer-growing mesembs out there.

This message was edited May 29, 2008 12:54 PM

ooojen says right that the color chage according to climate as well as i have said that the new growth is green and in winter when plant takes rest,they change their color and mostly are turne into redish in winter.
bob:>) what are you saying about this cause?

did you go to the link with the incredible images of many multi-headed Sulcorebutia rauschii? There is much horticultural information there.

OMG, Bob! I just looked at the pict of the red form in that link you posted above!
That is totally AWESOME. I do see a tiny bit ofreddening on mine. I'm going to
move it to a location where it gets more sun and see what happens.

Watch the video: Rebutia Heliosa Cactus