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This genus of globular cacti range through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Of all cacti these probably have the widest range of different skin colors, and their textures may be shinny or mat. Most varieties are small, some are very flat to the ground and many will offset making smaller stems or puppies. They are great house plants and will flower easily and grow faster than most other kinds of cacti. Their name means naked or smooth, because they make spineless flower buds and seed pods. This popular generic of cacti are sometimes described as having chins below their areoles, and tubular shaped flowers. Their flowers range in color from white to creamy orange and pinks, red, green and yellow too. It is important to keep them dry in the cool weather season, but they are more forgiving about being over watered than many others. During their winter rest they may noticeably shrink and this is a normal part of their life cycle. In the spring they will begin to show new growth with flowers to follow soon in late spring or early summer.
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