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.
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".
28-08-2016: Add article "An introduction to the cacti of Uruguay. Ricardo Garbarini. Cactus World (BCSS) Volume 30 No. 4 December 2012".
23-11-2015: Add original description of Frailea pumila. Thanks to Wolfgang Gemmrich.
02-02-2015: Add reference "Fraileen in meiner Notokakteensammlung. Horst-H. Henßen. Internoto Volume 35, no. 1, 2014"
23-12-2013: Add reference "Notocactus scopa fa. machadoensis (W.-R. Abraham) Gerloff, N. & Neduchal, J. hat keine einheitliche Narbenfarbe Norbert Gerloff. Internoto Volume 34, no. 3, 2013"
23-12-2013: Add reference "Notocactus megalanthus ist doch eine selbständige Art. Gustavo Garabelli. Internoto Volume 34, no. 3, 2013."
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We salute their excellent website and hope that other genera will be
covered similarly, ultimately resulting in a comprehensive
on-line Cactus Lexicon.