This species has a very restricted range in Catamarca (and Cordoba?), Argentina (extent of occurrence is less than 100 km2). It grows at low elevation of 100 to 200(-400) metres above sea level.
G. ragonesei grows semi-buried at the edge of saline grasslands. The concentration of salts is high in the surface of the ground, but it decreases deeper down where the roots grow.
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