ssp. lembckei var. duripulpa.
Field number RMF277 Punta Lobos, Chile.
species with a
globose stem, slowly growing atop a thick, underground
constriction between the stem and the root, eventually
elongated in cultivation.
growing, up to 3-5 cm across, 2-6
Tubercles : Smaller tubercles than
brown to black coloured
of small size -
2 to 5 mm.
tuberous root system with (usually) a very
of at least 7 cm in length.
yellow to pale reddish, with a
hairy with brown
wrapped in white
Blooming season: Flowers
already when young,
synchronised flowering of the whole plants
takes place over one or two days, and
they remain open for about three
or four days. Blossoming time: late spring.
E. duripulpa is a tiny offsetting species with a globose stem,
slowly growing atop a thick, underground taproot eventually becoming
somewhat elongated in cultivation.
Buds are covered by grey
is red with white
of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of E.
Taxon has lots of synonyms,
with several controversial varieties and
subspecies, and comprises a multitude of
ssp. lembckei var. duripulpa
(F.Ritter) F.Kattermann 1994
Origin: Coastal Chile (Region III Atacama) Road from Vallenar to Huasco and
nearest areas along the coast of the ocean .
Habitat: Altitude: approx. 200-350 m.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES Appendix II
derives from the Greek words “Erion (εριον)”
meaning “wool” and “Sykos” meaning “fig
(a fruit)” .
(The genus name implies: “woolly
derives from the
plus the adjective suffix for nouns "inus"
meaning "belonging to or resembling"
(The specific name implies:
“resembling a turnip”)
subspecies epithet "lembckey"
was named in honour of "Hans
Lembcke" Germany expert and
author about Chilean species of cacti.
and "pulpa" meaning "soft
part of the body, pulp" (The specific
name implies: “hard pulped”)
- Neoporteria napina v. duripulpa (F. Ritter) A.E.
Hoffmann J., Cactaceas en la flora silvestre de Chile: 224: 1989
- Chileorebutia duripulpa F.Ritter (Nom inval.) 1963
- Neochilenia duripulpa (F. Ritter) Backeberg, Descr.
Cact. Nov. 3. 9, 1963
- Thelocephala duripulpa, (F.Ritter) F.Ritter 1980
Shining yellowis-reddish flowers.
It needs a deep pot with very good
drainage to accommodate its
Sometimes it is
grafted to avoid
Keep dry in
airy exposures. It likes
It likes warmth (recommended minimum winter temperature: 5° C) But a
plant kept perfectly dry can easily
at winter night-time
temperatures below 0° C (in our greenhouse no damage at -10° C for a few
hours in the winter of 2002-2003).
napina is especially
prone to rot, therefore,
underpot in a
smaller container filled with very
Propagation: Seeds or graft. Seeds can be sown in
the spring or summer. The seedlings should not be disturbed until
they are well rooted, after which they can be planted separately in