Parodia schumanniana

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Parodia schumanniana
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Parodia schumanniana
Scientific classification
P. schumanniana
Binomial name
Parodia schumanniana
(Nicolai) F.H.Brandt, 1982
  • Echinocactus grossei Schumann
  • Echinocactus schumannianus Nicolai
  • Eriocactus claviceps Ritter
  • Notocactus ampliocostatus (Ritt.) Theunissen, 1981
  • Notocactus claviceps (Ritt.) Krainz, 1967
  • Notocactus grossei (Schumann) Frič, 1928
  • Notocactus schumannianus (Nicolai) Frič, 1928
  • Parodia claviceps (Ritt) Brandt
  • Parodia schumanniana subsp. claviceps (Ritt.) Hofacker

Parodia schumanniana is a quite rare species of succulent plant in the Cactaceae family. The specific epithet schumanniana honors the cactus specialist Karl Moritz Schumann.


Parodia schumanniana is a perennial globular to columnar plant with a diameter of about 30 cm and a height up to 1.8 meters. The 21-48 well-marked ribs are straight and sharp. The bristle-like, straight to slightly curved spines are initially golden yellow, turning to brown or red and gray later. The one to three central spines, which can sometimes also be absent, are 1 to 3 inches long. The flowers bloom in Summer. They are lemon-yellow to golden yellow, with a diameter of about 4.5 to 6.5 cm. The fruits are spherical to ovoid, covered with dense wool and bristles and have diameters up to 1.5 centimeters. They contains reddish-brown to almost black seeds, which are nearly smooth and 1 to 1.2 millimeters long.


This species is distributed in southern Brazil, southern Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. It prefers rocky slopes.


  • Parodia schumanniana subsp. schumanniana
  • Parodia schumanniana subsp. claviceps (F.Ritter) Hofacker & P.J.Braun