reichembachii var. albertii (Black Lace Cactus)
This cactus has large, pretty pink flowers with a very dark
center. It's rarity makes it particularly desirable to collectors.
Single or branching when old.
Stem: Cylindrical, deep green in color, 3 to 15 cm long, 3 to 5
Ribs: 10 to 13; tuberculate;
Areoles: elliptic, 1.5 mm long, almost touching;
Spines: dark; cental spines 0, or 1, 2 to 3 mm long, purple-
black in color, perpendicular to the stem, or turning slightly upward;
The radial spines and white with dark purple tips spines, number 14 to
20, straight, closely pectinate, 3 to 6 mm long;
Flowers: are 5 to 8 cm long, 5 to 7.5 cm wide, and pink to purple
in colour with a very dark purple-brown throat.
Blooming season: Budding and anthesis occur intermittently through the spring and
Remarks: The taxonomic and geographic boundaries among the
segregate species or infraspecific taxa of Echinocereus reichenbachii
remain nebulous and controversial. In no place do pure populations exist
sympatrically, and all taxa appear completely interfertile.
E. reichenbachii var. albertii is
intermediate between E. reichenbachii var. reichenbachii, with a
more northern distribution, and E. reichenbachii var. fitchii,
with a more southern distribution in the Rio Grande Valley. E.
melanocentrus is an invalid name of uncertain application, perhaps
referable to E. reichenbachii var. albertii.
Cultivation: It is
sensitive to overwatering (rot prone) needs a very good drainage to
avoid rotting, but requires more moisture than true desert cacti
to grow and produce flowers, Keep drier and cool in
winter. Need full sun. It is very cold resistant from -10° to -25° C (depending on clones) or less for short
periods of time. It is a fine plant for a rock garden or
container, contrasts well with agaves, yuccas, and low-growing flowering
Propagation: Seeds, also can be grown from cutting as it slowly branches from the base;