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Yavia cryptocarpa
Yavia cryptocarpa2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Notocacteae
Genus: Yavia
Species: Y. cryptocarpa
Binomial name
Yavia cryptocarpa

Yavia cryptocarpa is a species of cactus (family Cactaceae) and the only species of the newly discovered genus Yavia. The genus is named after Argentina's department Yavi, Jujuy Province, where the plant is endemic to sparsely vegatated rocky slopes.[1] The plant is also sometimes put in the tribe Trichocereeae. The species 'cryptocarpa' refers to the plant being a cryptocarp. This means that the fruits are formed inside the plant's body, thus being only visible when the plant shrinks in the drought period.


  1. ^ Kiesling, R; O Ferrari (2003). "Yavia cryptocarpa – conservation action on a new and interesting cactus" (PDF). British Cactus and Succulent Journal. British Cactus and Succulent Society. 21 (1): 20–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 

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