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  Eriosyce sandillon
(Syn: E. aurata)
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Eriosyce sandillon 
The colourful spines are strong, glassy  and usually amber coloured but also bright yellow or pure black.

 


A young specimen

Description: Spherical cactus with abundant white wool on top up to 50 cm in diameter . Adult specimens have around 30-35 ribs and become columnar, reaching over 90 cm in height. Spines colour is variable yellow, amber yellow, fox red or almost black. Juvenile specimens have 1 central spine and 8 radial, but the number increase as they get older and areoles can have over 20 spines on mature specimens. Flowers are red campanulate or funnel-shaped 5 cm long, with a white hairy floral tube. There might be over 50 flowers on a mature specimen (only mature specimens bloom).

Cultivation: Slow growing, extremely rot prone if kept in a non ventilated place. Require a very fast draining drying soil, water regularly in summer, but do not overwater.
Needs a full sun exposure (or light shade)  Good heat tolerance. Hardy to at least -5°C

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

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Eriosyce aurata complex. (This Taxon has several of synonyms whit various controversial varieties and subspecies):

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Eriosyce sandillon (Gay) Phil. 1872

Nowadays regarded as: Eriosyce aurata (Pfeiff.) Backeb. 1936

OriginChile (Coquimbo), at medium elevations in the Andes

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Echinocactus auratus Pfeiff. 1847
  • Echinocactus sandillon Gay 1848
  • Eriosyce ceratistes Britton & Rose 1922
  • Eriosyce ausseliana F. Ritter (Nom inval.) 1980
  • Eriosyce algarrobensis F. Ritter 1980
  • Eriosyce ihotzkyanae F. Ritter 1980
  • Eriosyce lapampaensis F. Ritter 1980
 



Eriosyce sandillon A plant from Vicuņa 2000m

(North central Chile, at medium elevations in the Andes)



 

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