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.
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.
Scientific name: Lobivia akersii W. Rausch
In: Kakt. And. Sukk., 24 (2): 25.,
Nowadays regarded as:
tegeleriana (Backeberg) D. R. Hunt 1987
to Tarma, Junín, Peru
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Lobivia tegeleriana v. akersii
(W. Rausch) W. Rausch
In: Lobivia 1: 8, 1976
- Lobivia tegeleriana
- 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)