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  Eriosyce curvispina v. armata
(Syn: Pyrrocactus armatus)
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Eriosyce curvispina var. armata
 

Description: Plants are usually solitary and flattened.  (But nowadays the var. armata is considered none other han a synonym of E. curvispina, which is one of the most variable taxons in appearance.  In fact, there are a number of varieties that are very different-looking, but not all the authorities recognize the different populations as segregate varieties.)
Stem: Dull
, green, flattened, globular to shortly columnar, up to 15 cm tall, 8-20 cm in diameter.
Spines: Long
, stiff, greyish-brown spines with darker tips.  Young spines are almost black, while older ones turn greyish.
Flowers:
Flowers of E. armata are about 4 cm in diameter, and  yellow with a red mid-vein.
Remarks: The variety armata is like aconcaguensis variety
, but has flowers that are yellow with pink midstipes.


Cultivation:  It is a summer-growing species.  It's easy to cultivate, but somewhat rot prone if kept in a non ventilated place.  It's extremely root prone, and requires a very quickly draining/drying soil Water regularly in summer, but do not over-water.
It needs a full sun exposure (or light shade).   Good heat tolerance.  Hardy to at least -5C (but it can probably tolerate
- 10 C for brief periods)

Propagation: Usually propagated from Seeds. (it seldom produces offsets)
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Eriosyce curvispina var. armata  (F.Ritter) Kattermann.
Eriosyce (Cactaceae): The genus revised and amplified 1: 117, 1994

OriginSouth America, Chile (Santiago, El Paico)

Synonyms:

  • Pyrrhocactus armatus  F.Ritter 1960
  • Horridocactus armatus  (F.Ritter) Backeb. 1962
  • Neoporteria armata  (F.Ritter) Krainz 1967
  • Cactus curvispinus  Bertero ex Colla 1834
  • Echinocactus curvispinus  (Bertero ex Colla) Gay 1848
  • Malacocarpus curvispinus  (Bertero ex Colla) Britton & Rose 1922
  • Pyrrhocactus curvispinus  (Bertero ex Colla) A.Berger 1929
  • Horridocactus curvispinus  (Bertero ex Colla) Backeb. 1940
  • Neoporteria curvispina  (Bertero ex Colla) Donald & G.D.Rowley 1966

 

 


Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Eriosyce straussiana complex  (This taxon has lots of synonyms (like most Eriosyce), with several controversial varieties and subspecies):



 

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