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  Lobivia albolanata
(Syn: Lobivia densispina forma albolanata)
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L. albolanata R585a Santa Victoria, Quebrada del Toro, Salta, Arg.
(A beautiful  nine years old specimen)

Flowers are big and yellow 
 

Description: Solitary or slowly branching white woolly form of L. densispina
Stem: 3-6 cm in diameter, 4-10 cm tall, Short columnar, somewhat woolly, especially near the crown of the plant. Epidermis glaucous-green to dark purplish red coloured in full sun.
Ribs: Not very prominent, vertical and shortly tuberculated.
Areoles: Fluffy white.
Radial spines: 12-20 or more, short up to 1 cm (usually less) very fine, flexible, whitish and almost pectinated.
Central spines: Usually absent, but occasionally 1 or 2 stronger and darker.
Roots: Fat tuberose tap root

Flowers: Golden yellow. It's supposed to be free flowering but plant start flowering only when 4-5 years old.

 

Cultivation: It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties. Lobivia albolanata 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).  Need a bright exposure, full sun or half shade in summer.

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

The strong tap root system.


The crested form

 

Photo of plants belonging to the Lobivia (Echinopsis) haematantha complex (This taxon has lots of synonyms (like most Lobivia) whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia albolanata  (Buining) Krainz
In: Mitt. Schweiz. Kakt. -Ges. 1946, 33, 1941 (
White wooly form of L. densispina)

Synonyms:

  • Lobivia densispina forma albolanata (A.F.H. Buining) A.F.H. Buining
    In: Sukkulentenkunde 7/8: 96., 1963
  • Lobivia haematantha fa albolanata
  • Lobivia pectinifera v. albolanata  
  • Lobivia haematantha v. rebutioides f. albolanata

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.


Woolly hairs on the areoles & strong tuberose root.
Very nice plant also without flowers
 

 

 

 

 


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