Aylostera brighignae description


The original description (of Rebutia rafaellii) was published in the Italian journal Cactus & Co., 1 (9) 2005, pp. 215 to 221.

Here is an excerpt of the main points, but you should look up the full description for more details.

Rebutia brighignae Mosti & Papini sp. nov.

Typus – Holotypus: Argentina, Jujuy, Abra de Pives, WR 751. Cult. S. Mosti s. d. (FT) Ab R. oculata Werd. differt caulibus diametro minoribus (0.8-1.4 cm vice 1.8-2.2 cm) apice tomentosis; costis numero minoribus (9-10 vice 10-14); aculeis marginalibus minus numerosis (ad 9, rarius 10, numquam 12) ac minoribus (1.5-2 mm longis vice 4-5 mm), rectis reflexisque nec tortuosis patentibus; floribus flavis neque aurantiacis, tubo minore (1.5-2 cm vice 3.5-4 cm).

Description

Habitus: offsetting.

Stems: brevicylindrical to cylindrical with wool at the apex; dia. 0.8-1.4 cm, height 2-2.3 (-3) cm.

Epidermis: green to grey-green.

Ribs: 9-10.

Tubercles: not very evident, flattened at the apex.

Areole: l. 2 mm ca. with short whitish felt.

Radial spines: 8-9 (-10); l. 1.5-2 mm; bulbous and brown at the base, apical half horn-colour or glassy white; straight and rigid and almost always pointing towards the stems.

Central spines: absent.

Flowers: l. 1.5-2 cm; w. 3.5-4 cm.

Flower tube: green, almost entirely covered with thick hair and bristles.

Segments of the perianth: lanceolate to lanceolate- spatulate and mucronate; dark yellow, with apical zone and central band reddish and more or less evident.

Filaments of the stamens: bright red to crimson.

Anthers: yellow.

Style: yellowish green.

Stigma: yellow.

Seed: not observed.