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  Echinocereus knippelianus var kruegeri v

 


Echinocereus knippelianus v kruegeri SB939 n Ascencion, NL. Mexico
The flowers are pale flesh-coloured at the apex.
 

Description: Solitary or slowly clumping cacti.
Stem: Plump, soft, flattened or globose , dark green with slightly lighter ridges, usually smaller than the normal  E. knippelianus.
Ribs: 5 to 7 ribs, either tuberculate or slightly wavy, separated by broad furrows
Areoles: small with whitish felt 5 mm inches apart.
Spines: Nearly spineless whit 1 to 3 thin yellow spines, 3 to 15 mm long
Flowers: Flesh coloured (clear pastel-pinkish)  funnel- shaped flowers, 2.5-4 cm long, up to 6 cm in diameter in spring and summer. Flowers push through the body from the crown.
Roots: Thick tuberous root that pulls the plant below ground to avoid the hot sun.
 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Echinocereus knippelianus var. kruegeri Glass & Foster 1978
Published in: Blum et al. 1998:248.

Origin
:  Mexico, Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains at over 2200 m elevation. TL:
Mexico, Nuevo Leon, north of Ascencion near San Juanito,  Glass & Foster 3902, 1 Mar. 1972 (POM).

Habitat: This high mountain cactus is found growing in the semi-shade of rocks and pines.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix II.

Synonyms:  

  • Echinocereus knippelianus ssp. kruegeri (Glass & Foster) Blum & Lange
  • Echinocereus knippelianus var. kruegeri Glass & Foster 1978
  • Echinocereus knippelianus var. kruegeri fa. reyesii* Parker 1996:3 nom. nud.
  • Echinocereus knippelianus var. reyesii Lau 1980b
 


 
Cultivation: In culture E. knippellianus v. kruegeri is without problems and regularly shows its flesh coloured flowers if we provide an adequate winter rest period. It is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs good drainage, fertilize with half strength liquid fertilizer in summer.  Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun; Very cold resistant hardy to -12 C or less for short periods of time.
Propagation:
Seeds (usually), also can be grown from s cutting as it slowly branches from the base.


Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Echinopsis knippelianus
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  • E. knippelianus: plump green body, big taproot, bristly spines. Pink flowers at the sides.
  • E. knippelianus v. krugeri: miniature form with fat green body, soft bristly spines, whitish or flesh-coloured flowers at centre
  • E. knippelianus v. reyesii: Fat green bodies, stiffer spines. Larger, deep pink flowers at centre.



 

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