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  Echinopsis hystrichoides
(Syn: Lobivia hystrichoides)
 
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Echinopsis hystrichoides
It
is a very spiny member in the "Easter Lily Cactus" family. The spines are particularly strong and very ornamental.
 

Etymology: Greek "Hystix"., purcuspine, hedghog; and Greek "oides" resembling. For the spiny plant body.

Description: Usually solitary globular cactus, up to 18 cm in diameter.
Stem: Flattened globose, green, 12-18 cm in diameter
Ribs:  16-21, sharply notched, to 1.8 cm high
Areoles: sunken, whitish, to 2 cm apart.
Spines: Light yellow to dark brown.
Central spines: 4-10, straight or curved, 2.5-6 cm long.
Radial spines: 12-20, needle-like, 1.5-4 cm long.
Flowers: Nocturnal, broad funnelform, white to pink, up to 19 cm long.
Fruits: Green, to 4 cm long and 3 cm  in diameter.
 


This species shows a consider variability, especially in spines shape and flowers colour.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Echinopsis hystrichoides F. Ritter

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

OriginBolivia Cinti province, (Chuquisaca) at high elevation

Synonyms:  

  • Echinopsis mamillosa var. hystrichoides (Ritt.) Rausch.
  • Lobivia hystrichoides


 

 




A specimen with pale cream coloured spines.


Cultivation: The Echinopsis hystrichoides is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.  Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) needs good drainage and very porous soil,  keep rather dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer  in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to  -10 C).  Need a bright exposure, full sun or half shade in summer.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, offsets.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinopsis mamillosa complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms whit several controversial varieties and subspecies and comprises a multitude of different forms, but where each form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics):


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