Parodia magnifica

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Parodia magnifica
Eriocactus magnificus JPG.jpg
P. magnifica (Jean-Pol Grandmont)
Scientific classification
P. magnifica
Binomial name
Parodia magnifica
(F.Ritter) F.H.Brandt

Parodia magnifica is a species of flowering plant in the cactus family Cactaceae, native to southern Brazil. One of several species called ball cactus, it grows to 7–15 cm (3–6 in) tall by 45 cm (18 in) broad, with heavily ribbed, spherical to columnar, spiny and hairy stems, bearing pale yellow flowers in summer.[2] Its natural habitat is cool, dry temperate grassland at elevations of up to 800 m (2,600 ft).[3] Populations are sparse and fragmented, and it has been designated as “Endangered” by the IUCN Red List.[1]

In cultivation it must be kept above 10 °C (50 °F), so in temperate regions is grown under glass. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5]


  • Notocactus magnificus[6]
  • Eriocactus magnificus

The plant may still be found listed under these synonyms in the horticultural literature.


  1. ^ a b "Parodia magnifica". The IUCN Re List of Threatened Species. 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ "Parodia magnifica". The Encyclopedia of Cacti. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Parodia magnifica". Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 72. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Parodia magnifica (synonyms)". Tropicos. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  • C.M. Ritz, L. Martins, R. Mecklenburg, V. Goremykin and F.H. Hellwig, (2007). The molecular phylogeny of Rebutia (Cactaceae) and its allies demonstrates the influence of paleogeography on the evolution of South American mountain cacti, American Journal of Botany. 94:1321-1332.
Golden flowers of parodia magnifica