Description: A pretty
little species, with a low thick flat to cylindrical stem. The dark
green, body slowly ramifies from the base to form clusters, size
depending on the clone. Felted areoles line the edges of 25 to 30 ribs.
Spines: 7 or more, brownish, radial spines that grow to 5 cm. Old
plant begins to produce very long spines (up to 25 cm in some clones)
Flowers: Slender Pink to reddish-brown, orange or yellow with a
usual clearer centre, approx. 6.0cm. long, 5.0cm. diameter. Blooms are
produced in spring and remain open for about three days.
Roots: Tap root.
Cultivation: It is a summer grower
species that offers no cultivation
difficulties. Water regularly in summer (but do not
overwater ) Needs a large pot to accommodate a large
root system. Use a very draining and porous substrate,
since it's natural habitat is in volcanic soil, it has adapted to more
acidic conditions; keep rather dry in winter.
It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to -5° C)
Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some
Propagation: Propagate by seed
Remarks: L. pentlandii
group is a
that comprises many different
varieties, forms and ± similar related species. It was found by Pentland
and described in 1844 by W. Hooker as Echinocactus pentlandii.
Salm Dyck overcombined it into the genus Echinopsis. When
Britton and Rose 1922 had established the genus Lobivia. L.
pentIandii was chosen as type species.