Uebelmannia pectinifera subsp. horrida

Uebelmannia is a genus of flowering plants of the cactus family ( Cactaceae ). The botanical name of the genus honors the Swiss cactus gardener Werner Uebelmann.


The species of the genus Uebelmannia grow individually and ramify in fact never. Your spherical to cylindrical shoots reach stature heights of up to 75 centimeters. The epidermis is smooth, papillat, granular or with plate-like wax deposits. The numerous ribs are usually sharp, but sometimes broken down into cusps. From the spring areoles 2-7 spines, which are projecting to spread out or arranged in a comb shape. You can be straight or slightly bent.

The small, short funnel-shaped flowers are yellow. They appear near the shoot tip and open on the day. Your Perikarpell and the flowers are tubular with few areoles, from which spring from dense wool and a few bristles occupied.

The spherical to cylindrical, yellow or red, berry -like fruits are bare at the base and towards the tip with wool and bristles covered. They are thin-walled, with maturity dry and have no residual flowers. The fruits contain cap -shaped, glossy black to reddish- brown seeds.

Systematics, distribution and hazard

The genus Uebelmannia is widespread in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

The first description was published by Albert Frederik Hendrik Buining 1967. The type species of the genus Parodia gummifera Backeb. & Full has been described as early as 1950. By illegally collecting all the species are highly endangered and therefore are listed in Appendix I of the CITES Convention.

The genus Uebelmannia include the following types: