Blossfeldia Liliputana Origin and Habitat: Blossfeldia liliputana is established over a wide geographical area ranging from Southern Bolivia (Potosí Department) to north-western Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, la Rioja, Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca Provinces).
Altitude: 1100 to 2500(-3600?) metres above sea level. The species grows in patches and is not frequent, but is locally very abundant.
Habitat: The species grows in monte, chaco and prepuna. Plants are found growing in sunny dry places between boulders on rocky slopes and often between cracks near the rivers in the sides of vertical stone cliffs with a little fine soil mainly on shale like rock formations often close to waterfalls where they have a almost continuous water flow running over them, but can withstand severe drying out and (in habitat) they can survive to nearly complete desiccation, recovering when fog, mist or rain returns to their natural environment. Their colour and shape is hardly distinguishable from a stone and are not significantly threatened by human influences. However the species is sought after by collectors, whenever a new population is discovered it is rapidly depleted. Trade is mainly national but international trade exists too.
Description: Blossfeldia liliputana, is a solitary or clumping miniature cactus, with no rib and no spines. The smallest of all cacti and one of the most priced by impassioned, but rarely seen on its own roots in cultivation for any length of time. Although several species of Blossfeldia with minimal differences have been described (as many as six), most botanist agree on the fact that all the ones described until now should all be included in the Blossfeldia liliputana.