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  Lobivia aurea var. sierragrandensis
(Syn: Echinopsis aurea)
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Lobivia aurea sierragrandensis
The specific name means golden flowered
 

Description: Lobivia aurea is a very variable taxon with solitary or branched stems with many basal and lateral offshoots. There are several varieties with very different spine shape and length. The var. sierragrandesis has long thin spines.
Stems:  Dark green globular or elongated reaching a height of 15cm and a diameter of 4 to 10 cm or more.
Ribs: 14 to 15 sharp-edged separated by deep grooves.
Areoles: Brown on young plants.
Radial spines: More than 10 thin, clear  about 1 cm. long pointing outward,
Central spines: Usually 4 , 2 to 4 cm long. The one to four central spines are thicker reddishi-brown to blackish with yellow tips.
Flowers: Up to 10 cm long. They are usually lemon yellow and bright yellow inside. Blooms in flushes in late spring and occasionally in summer. Buds are covered by long silky hairs and grow laterally from the centre of the stem. The tube is slightly curved, funnel-shaped, slender and a greenish white, with pale green scales red at the base, with white and black down.
 

 

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia aurea var. sierragrandensis

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis aurea Britton & Rose

Origin Sierra Grande de Cordoba, Cordoba, Northern Argentina, 1600-1800 m.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common English Names include: Golden Easter Lily Cactus

Etymology: From Latin adjective “aureus” = of gold, golden for the bright yellow flowers of this species.

Synonyms:

  • Lobivia aurea,
  • Hymenorebutia aurea,
  • Pseudolobivia aurea

Heterotypic synonyms:

  • Hymenorebutia quinesensis,
  • Lobivia leucomalla,
  • Lobivia densispina var. leucomalla,
  • Lobivia famatimensis var. leucomalla,
  • Echinopsis leucomalla,
  • Hymenorebutia leucomalla,
  • Echinopsis aurea var. quinesensis,
  • Lobivia aurea var. quinesensis,
  • Echinopsis quinesensis,
  • Lobivia shaferi,
  • Echinopsis fallax var. shaferi,
  • Lobivia shaferi ssp. rubriflora,
  • Lobivia fallax,
  • Lobivia shaferi ssp. leucomalla,
  • Salpingolobivia aurea,
  • Lobivia shaferi ssp. fallax,
  • Lobivia ancastii,
  • Lobivia cylindracea,
  • Lobivia shaferi,
  • Echinopsis cylindracea,
  • Lobivia cylindrica,
  • Hymenorebutia aurea var. cylindrica,
  • Echinopsis fallax,
  • Pseudolobivia aurea var. fallax,


The var. sierragrandesis has long thin spines. The radials are whitish wile the centrals  are thicker reddishi-brown to blackish with yellow tips.
 

 


Cultivation:
It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.  Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) It is rot prone and should be planted in a shallow pot. As most Echinopsis cultivated for their blossom, it needs a soil mixture a little richer than the average cactus with still an excellent drainage,  keep rather dry in winter.

It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to  -5°(-18°) C
 Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, offsets (if available)

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Lobivia aurea (Echinopsis aurea). (This taxon has lots of synonyms (like most Lobivia) whit several controversial varieties and subspecies):



 

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