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Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica

IV Region, Reserva Nacional Las Chinchillas, Chile
Altitude: 300 - 400 m. 10 27, 2007

 

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Species:  Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Förster) E.F.Anderson
Family:  Cactaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
Order:  Caryophyllales
Chilean Name:  Gatito , Puskaye , Perrito
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0484
About 4 Cumulopuntia in Chile and 3 in our data base.
About 164 Cactaceae in Chile and 63 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).     Coastal fog/camanchaca: The plants obtain water mainly from condensation.   Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
High altitude close to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Yellow, 7 - 14 petals      Cactus     

Native    Frequent

Height: 20 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

This cactus is one of the most common in Chile. It grows almost everywhere, from the seaside to relatively high elevations (up to 2000 m.). It is a rather small plant, which may grow to about 15 cm. consisting of several oval-shaped sections of 3 - 5 cm., but when it blooms, the flower may be larger than the plant itself and is very showy with its yellow - orange color. This cactus is very easy to propagate, and once you can obtain adult plants from seeds you can continue to propagate it vegetatively by planting new sections. It never grows very big, because when it reaches a heigth of 3 - 4 sections, the upper section tends to fall off, roll down the slope and start a new colony.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica

III Region, Carrizal Bajo - Totoralillo, Chile
Altitude: 100-160 m. 09 18, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Cactus

Flower: Yellow, 7 - 14 petals

Height: 20 cm.

 

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica

III Region, Buena Aventura (Cerca de Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe), Chile
Altitude: 400 m. 09 17, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

High altitude close to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Coastal fog/camanchaca: The plants obtain water mainly from condensation.
Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).

 

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica

III Region, Buena Aventura (Cerca de Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe), Chile
Altitude: 400 m. 09 17, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cumulopuntia sphaerica

III Region, Buena Aventura (Cerca de Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe), Chile
Altitude: 400 m. 09 17, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (13) of Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Förster) E.F.Anderson available here

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Copiapoa calderana ssp. calderana

Copiapoa cinerascens

Copiapoa cinerea ssp. columna-alba

Copiapoa cinerea ssp. haseltoniana

Copiapoa coquimbana

Copiapoa dealbata

Copiapoa echinoides

Copiapoa fiedleriana

Copiapoa grandifolora ssp. grandiflora

Copiapoa humilis ssp. humilis

Copiapoa humilis

Copiapoa krainziana

Copiapoa longistaminea

Copiapoa marginata

Copiapoa serpentisculata (Cactus de la serpiente)

Corryocactus brevistylus (Guacalla)

Cumulopuntia boliviana subsp. ignescens

Cumulopuntia boliviana ssp. ignescens

Cumulopuntia sphaerica (Gatito / Puskaye / Perrito)

Cylindropuntia tunicata

Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. atacamensis

Echinopsis chiloensis ssp. littoralis (Quisco costero)

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Echinopsis deserticola

Eriosyce aurata

Eriosyce curvispina

Eriosyce curvispina ssp. curvispina

Eriosyce curvispina ssp. curvispina

Eriosyce eriosyzoides

Eriosyce heinrichiana

Eriosyce odieri

Eriosyce odieri ssp. malleolata

Eriosyce paucicostata ssp. echinus

Eriosyce paucicostata

Eriosyce rodentiophila (Sandillon de los ratones)

Eriosyce senilis (Viejito)

Eriosyce sp. #1783

Eriosyce sp.

Eriosyce subgibbosa

Eriosyce subgibbosa ssp. subgibbosa

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Eulychnia acida (Copao)

Eulychnia castanea (Copado de Philippi)

Eulychnia iquiquensis (Copao)

Haageocereus fascicularis

Maihuenia poeppigii (Maihuén)

Maihueniopsis archiconoidea

Maihueniopsis atacamensis

Maihueniopsis colorea

Maihueniopsis domeykoensis

Maihueniopsis glomerata

Maihueniopsis grandiflora

Miqueliopuntia miquelii (Tunilla / Tuna de Miguel)

Neowerdermannia chilensis

Opuntia ficus-indica (Tuna)

Oreocereus hempellianus (achacañao/arequipa)

Oreocereus leucotrichus (viejito/chastudo)

Tunilla chilensis

 

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