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Eriosyce senilis subsp. coimasensis

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Eriosyce senilis subsp. coimasensis
Strong long brown-black spines that become greyish as they age.

 

Description: Solitary spherical to short cylindrical cacti with very spiny stems, up to 15 (30-40)  cm tall, 6 -10 cm in diameter.
Stem: Dark green to very dark purple-black.
Spines: variable between different populations , the type plant have strong long brown-black spines
that become greyish as they age and almost obscure the plant, while others have spines that are much shorter or thinner.
Roots:
taproot.
Flowers:
magnificent hot pink/magenta with a  contrasting neon yellow throats in spring up to 5 cm long.

 


New spines


Buds


Flowers

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Eriosyce senilis subsp. coimasensis (F.Ritter) Katt. 1994

Synonyms: Neoporteria coimasensis F. Ritter
Published in: Taxon, 12. 34, 1963

Origin: This plant is widely distributed in various locality of Coquimbo (Region 04) - Chile. Among them: Las Coimas, Las Chilcas, Salamanca, Metro, Choapa, Llapel, Combarbalá, Los Vilos,  Palomar, Chagres.

 

Conservation status:
Listed in CITES Appendix II
 


Etymology: The genus name "Eriosyce" derives from the Greek words “Erion (εριον) meaning “wool” and “Sykos” meaning “fig (a fruit)” . (The genus name implies: “woolly fruits”).
 

 



New spines in spring  (E. coimasensis FR473) - Spines and flowers For such a wild spines it is indispensable a full sun exposure!!!

Cultivation:  It is a summer grower species. Easy to cultivate but somewhat rot prone if kept in a non ventilated place. 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 ( but probably can tolerate - 10° C for brief periods) Propagation: Usually propagated from Seeds.
(seldom produces offsets)


Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Eriosyce senilis complex (This
Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like many other cacti) 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):


Photo gallery: Alphabetical listing of Cactus and Succulent pictures published in this site.

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