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  Lobivia longispina
(Syn: Echinopsis ferox)
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Lobivia longispina
WR 172 Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina
This is a  fiercely spined  and quite variable species with spectacular flowers of almost any colour: red, pink, yellow, bicoloured or white.

Description: Very large and spiny cactus, solitary or branched. The body is almost concealed by the spines.
Stem: Bluish-green, spherical at first and later sort cylindrical, and may grow 25 cm tall and 10-40 cm in diameter.
Ribs: 25 to 50 ribs deeply incised between the tubercles, which are approx. 2 cm long.
Spines: Radials are hard to tell from the central spines. Each areole bears approx 4 to 15 spines ranging from slender to thick, conical with a wider base, and irregular in length, the longest up to 8 cm or more. They are flexible and curved upward, and those on new parts of the plant have occasionally a hooked tip. Their colour varies from yellowish to brown when young but later grey.
Flowers: Lateral or basal, 7-10 cm. long, funnel-shaped, and have a slender, curved tube covered with long white hairs. Perianth segments are short white but can be of almost any colour.
Fruit: Globular, dark green with flowers remnants.
Remarks:  The fruit has a whitish mucilaginous pulp  and is edible with a fresh and agreeable taste



Cultivation: It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.  Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) needs good drainage and very porous,  keep rather dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer  in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to  -12° C) Need a very bright exposure, full sun is indispensable to keep plant compact with strong spines.

Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, offsets (if available)


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

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia longispina Britton et Rose

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis ferox (Britton & Rose ) Backeberg
In: Blätter für Kakteensforschung 3: 4, 1934

Origin:  NW Argentina ( Salta y Jujuy, at about 2000 m), Western Bolivia (departement of Oruro. Chuquisca: N Camargo, at about 3000 m) NE Chile: Región I: Altiplano of Tarapacá Province of Iquique 3.700 y 4.000 m.

Habitat: Growing from fissures in the rocks and on gravely outcrop mainly on volcanic substrates but also in other stone formation from 1800 to 4000 m of altitude, mostly on N, NE and E faced slopes with 10 to 30% of inclination in open areas or under scrubs.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Echinopsis ferox (Britton & Rose) Backeberg 1934
  • Lobivia ferox Britton & Rose 1922 (Basionym)
  • Pseudolobivia ferox (Britton & Rose) Backeberg 1942
  • Lobivia ferox var. longispina
  • Lobivia longispina Britton & Rose 1922
  • Echinopsis longispina (Britton & Rose) Werdermann 1931
  • Echinopsis potosina Werdermann 1931
  • Pseudolobivia potosina (Werdermann) Backeberg ex Krainz 1942
  • Lobivia potosina (Werdermann) H. Friedrich 1974
  • Lobivia claeysiana Backeberg 1937
  • Lobivia hastifera Werdermann 1938
  • Lobivia aureolilacina Cárdenas 1961
  • Lobivia backebergiana Y. Itô 1962
  • Lobivia pachyacantha Y. Itô 1962
  • Pseudolobivia wilkeae Backeberg 1962 (n.val.publ.)
  • Echinopsis lecoriense Cárdenas 1963
  • Pseudolobivia lecoriense (Cárdenas) Backeberg 1966
  • Lobivia horrida F. Ritter 1963
  • Lobivia pictiflora F. Ritter 1966
  • Lobivia varispina F. Ritter 1980;
  • Lobivia ducispauli Fric.
  • L. ferox var. camargensis Ritter
 



 

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