Culture plant of Discocactus albispinus Photo and description Piet van der Laken

Discocactus albispinus HU390

  • Description

Buining & Brederoo in Cactus & Succulent Journal USA pages 252-257. 

  • Short plant description of HU390 in culture

Diameter of the cultured plant is about 12 cm. 
Plant height without cephalium 8 cm. 
The colour of the epidermis is green to pale green. 
Number of ribs 12 to13. 
Number of areoles per rib is 5 to 6 on plants with cephalium. 
The shape of the areoles is oval. 
The number of lateral spines is 9  to 11. 
The length of the lateral spines is 3 to 5 cm. 
The number of central spines is 1 to 2 with a length of 4 to 6 cm. 
The shape of the the lateral spines is slightly recurved backwards and the colour is white to light brown. The central spines are thicker and arising perpendicular and they are at the top a little bit curving.
The colour of the cephalium is white. The colour of the fruit is red.

  • Remarks

D.albispinus belongs to the group D.zehntneri of which also D. araneispinus, D. boomianus, D. zehntneri v. horstiorum en D. buenekeri form part of


  • Literature

Discocactus Venlo 1980 blz.52. 
Cac.& Succ. Journal USA 1974 page252.


On the habitat of Discocactus albispinus 
Field number HU 390
Photo: Albert Buining

  • Habitat

South-east of Sento Sť in the Serra do San Francisco, Bahia at an altitude of 500 m. on flat rocks.


Sento Sť in Bahia, Brazil.   
Guia Rodoviario do Brasil, D-1