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  Lobivia akersii
(Syn: Echinopsis tegeleriana)
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Lobivia akersii
This plant has long, tube-like orange flowers.
 

Description: This species usually only grows solitary but sometimes forms small clumps.
Stem: Spherical depressed, , egg-shaped or slightly elongated, dark green often tinged purple in full sun, up to 9 cm in diameter.
Ribs: up to 16, tuberculate.
Areoles: Oval, largely spaced about 1,7 or more cm apart.
Spines: Up to 12 usually only radials, ± curved, horn coloured with darker tips, up to 6 mm long, the longest occasionally are hooked.
Flowers: Pretty, shining, small up to 5 cm long, unscented, strictly funnel form (almost tube like), with very short perianth segments. They are orange-red to orange-yellow and have pink-orange throats. and are produced laterally on the stem. Stile and stamens white:
Blooming season:
The greater part of flowers appears in spring in the first flowering, but the plant can erratically produce some flowers in summer too.

Fruits:
Globular, tan-green, thin skinned, juicy, spiny, 2,5 (or more) cm in diameter.
Roots: It has large taproots.
 

The bright orange flowers are very showy, narrow and  characteristically funnel shaped. They are followed by large, juicy and edible fruits in summer.
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia akersii W. Rausch
In: Kakt. And. Sukk., 24 (2): 25., 1973

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis tegeleriana (Backeberg) D. R. Hunt 1987

Origin Huamnacayo to Tarma, Junín, Peru

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Lobivia tegeleriana v. akersii (W. Rausch) W. Rausch
    In: Lobivia 1: 8, 1976
  • Lobivia tegeleriana Backeberg 1936
  • Acantholobivia tegeleriana (Backeberg) Backeberg 1942
  • Lobivia incuiensis Rauh & Backeberg 1957
  • Acantholobivia incuiensis (Rauh & Backeberg) Rauh & Backeberg 1958


 

 

 

Cultivation: It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties. Lobivia akersii has a fairly large tap root, and should be kept in a deep pot with a very draining mineral substrate. Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) keep dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer. Repot yearly until reaching about 100 mm in size, then every two or three years will suffice. Repotting is best done at the end of winter but can be done at other times. Do not water for a couple of weeks after repotting to reduce risk of root rot via broken roots. Repotting will increase size of stems. It is quite cold tolerant if kept dry (hardy to -5° C).  Outside it need a bright exposure, full sun or half shade in summer, inside it needs bright light, and some direct sun.

Propagation: Seed, grafting, cutting.
(seldom produces offsets)

 

 

 

 

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