The name is an anagram of Bolivia, where the plants are found (Cactaceae). A genus of greenhouse succulents, mostly dwarf and cylindrical with large and colourfulof the size of the plant.
L. aurea. globular to columnar ridged stems, yellow flowers. L. backebergii, a handsome plant with carmine flowers. L. famatimensis, yellow to red; vars. albiflora, white or pale yellow; aurantiaca. golden-orange; haematantha, blood-red; rosiflora, pink. L. hertrichiana, small globular bodies, few spines, bright red flowers, produces offsets very freely. L. jajoiana, very handsome, dark red flowers with black centre.
Use an average potting compost with 1/6 part extra of sand, grit and broken brick. Plants should be re-potted every two years and given a very sunny-position. Water between March and September, but keep very dry in winter.
The summer temperature can be between 65°F (18°C) and 85°F (30°C); winter temperature should not drop below 40°F (4°C). Propagate by seed sown in a good seed compost, just covered, and kept close in a temperature of 70°F (25 °C). Plants may also be propagated from offsets rooted in coarse sand.