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  Lobivia maximiliana var. westii
(Syn: Echinopsis maximilliana)
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Lobivia maximiliana var. westii KK437
This species is one of the most remarkable Lobivia, with long curved yellow spines.
The flowers are very eye-catching red, orange, yellow, white & fuchsia !
 

Description: At fist solitary but will start soon to branch at the base, older plants forms dense, large mats.
Stem: Globose to short cylindrical, somewhat umbilicate at apex, bright green 5-15(-20) cm long, 5 cm in diameter.
Ribs: 12-20 deeply crenate, rather high, ribs straight, notched tuberculate.
Areoles: With dull white wool, ± 2 cm apart.
Spines: 4-12 acicular, not differentiated as centrals and radials, somehow curved backward yellow, amber or brown, unequal 3-5 cm long (or less).
Flowers: Funnel-form, on the sides, very colorful red-violet with orange to white-yellow throats, 4-8 cm in diameter. The tube is greenish to reddish up to 4 cm long. The tepals are narrowly obovate abruptly acute spreading, outer ones often violet coloured. Stamen and style short
Fruits: Globular, dull green, reddish or maroon, woolly 1-2(-4) cm long and in diameter.
Seeds: Black.
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Lobivia westii Hutchison
Published in: Cact. & Succ. Journ. Amer. 26. 81., 1954

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis maximiliana Heyder ex A. Dietrich 1846.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Etymology: For James west (1886-1939) well known Californian horticulturist, who accompanied Goodspeed on the first Andes Expedition.

Synonyms:  

  • Echinopsis maximiliana Heyder ex A. Dietrich 1846
  • Lobivia maximiliana (Heyder ex A. Dietrich) Backeberg
    In: 10 Jahre Kakteenforschung 1927-1937 28, 1937
  • Echinopsis maximiliana subsp. westii (Hutchison) G. D. Rowley 1982
  • Lobivia maximiliana ssp. westii (Hutchison) W. Rausch
    In: Lobivia 1: 36, 1976
  • Lobivia caespitosa Britton & Rose 1922
  • Echinopsis maximiliana subsp. caespitosa (Britton & Rose) G. D. Rowley 1982
  • Lobivia hermanniana Backeberg 1933
  • Lobivia westii Hutchison 1954
  • Lobivia charazanensis Cárdenas 1957
  • Lobivia cariquinensis Cárdenas 1959
  • Lobivia pseudocariquinensis Cárdenas 1961
  • Lobivia miniatiflora F. Ritter 1963
  • Lobivia cruciaureispina Knize 1969
  • Lobivia sicuaniensis Rausch 1971
  • Lobivia intermedia Rausch 1971
  • Echinopsis pentlandii var maximiliana Lem. 1860
  • Echinopsis tricolor A. G. Z. 1848
  • Lobivia pentlandii var maximiliana Backbg 1951
  • Lobivia lauramarca Rauh a Backbg., Descr. Cact. Nov. 1956/28
  • Lobivia corbula (Herrera) Britton & Rose 1922
  • Lobivia maximiliana var. corbula (Herrera) Rausch Lobivia 1975

 

 

 

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)

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

 

 


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