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Turbinicarpus saueri ssp. ysabelae
Scientific Name: Turbinicarpus saueri ssp. ysabelae (K. Schlange) J. Lüthy
Synonym: Turbinicarpus ysabelae, Thelocactus ysabelae var. brevispinus, Turbinicarpus ysabelae var. brevispinus, Gymnocactus ysabelae var. brevispinus, Pediocactus ysabelae, Gymnocactus ysabelae, Thelocactus ysabelae, Neolloydia knuthiana var. ysabelae
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Turbinicarpus  saueri ssp. ysabelae Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25°F (-4°C) for a short period

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55°F (12°C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Mexico (Tula in Tamaulipas)

Growth Habits: Solitary, medium green globose stem, 2.4 inches tall (6 cm), 2.8 to 3.6 inches in diameter (7-9 cm); 13 to 15 ribs short tubercles, 0.2 inch long (5 mm); one white central with darker tip, 0.3 inch long (8 mm); 16 to 20 white radials, shorter ones at the top, some with brownish tips, 0.1 to 0.3 inch long (2-7 mm)

Watering Needs: Water only lightly. This Gymnocactus tends to crack open if over-watered.


This species is seldom seen in cultivation, it is coming from a limited area of Mexico and was almost entirely wiped out by illegal trade. It has a tap root, and watering it properly is often difficult.

Turbinicarpus  saueri ssp. ysabelae

Blooming Habits:
The Gymnocactus ysabelae has white flower with brownish mid-stripes, 0.4 inches long (1 cm), 0.3 inch broad (7.5 mm). It blooms in spring and then again in the fall. Each flower lasts 4 days.

Fruiting Habits:

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