This little member of the
Cactaceae family was given this name by Nathaniel Lord Britton and
Joseph Nelson Rose in 1922. It is found under protecting
bushes in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay, growing in a rather rich
grit or limestone gravel with some water. The stem can reach ten
centimetres in height and eight to fifteen centimetres in diameter.
The flowers are pale pink. Mine have had a new flower every week all
summer, 12-15 in total.
Other subspecies and variations:
G. a. subsp. damsii,
G.a. var. griseopallidum
H.Till & Amerh. 2003
G. a. subsp. holdii
G. a. subsp.
multiproliferum P.J.Braun & Esteves 1995
pseudomalacocarpus Backeb. ex H.Till & Amerh. 2003
G. a. var. tucavocense
Backeb. ex H.Till & Amerh. 2004
G. a. subsp. volkeri
Named in honour of the
Hungarian pharmacist Dániel Anisits.