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  Lobivia pentlandii v hardeniana
(Syn: Echinopsis pentlandii)
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Lobivia pentlandii var. hardeniana R298 Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia
This plant is 9 years old
.   At this age the plant begins to produce the typical long spines (up to 20 cm long !!!) but younger specimens have short spines.   It is a great event when the plants starts developing these huge spines!!! 
 

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, whose size depends on the clone.  Felted areoles line the edges of 25 to 30 ribs.
Spines: 7 or more, brownish, radial spines that grow up to 5 cm.  Old  plants begin to produce very long spines (up to 25 cm in some clones).
Flowers: Slender, pink to reddish-brown, orange or yellow with usually a clearer centre, approx. 6.0 cm. long, 5.0 cm. in diameter.  Blooms are produced in spring, and remain open for about three days.
Roots: Tap root.


 


A 9 years old specimen with still juvenile spines!
 


Root system.

Cultivation: It is a summer growing species that offers no cultivation difficulties.  Water regularly in summer (but do not over-water) It 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 it likes full sun or afternoon shade, inside it needs bright light, and some direct sun.

Propagation: Propagate by seed or shoots.
 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Lobivia (Echinopsis) pentlandii.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Lobivia pentlandii (W. J. Hooker) Britton & Rose 1922

Origin:  Native to Northern Bolivia and the Andean plateaus and slopes of Southern Peru.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Notes: L. pentlandii group is a complex 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.

Synonyms:

  • Echinopsis pentlandii (W. J. Hooker) Salm-Dyck ex A. Dietrich 1846

Heterotypic synonyms:

  • Echinopsis scheeri Salm-Dyck 1850
  • Lobivia scheeri (Salm-Dyck) Rausch 1992
  • Lobivia boliviensis Britton & Rose 1922
  • Lobivia higginsiana Backeberg 1933
  • Lobivia wegheiana Backeberg 1933
  • Echinopsis hardeniana Boedeker 1935
  • Lobivia hardeniana (Boedeker) Boedeker ex Backeberg& F. M. Knuth 1935
  • Lobivia pentlandii subsp. hardeniana (Boedeker ex Backeberg& F. M. Knuth) G. Navarro 1996
  • Lobivia argentea Backeberg 1935
  • Lobivia leucorhodon Backeberg 1935
  • Lobivia leucoviolacea Backeberg 1935
  • Lobivia raphidacantha Backeberg 1935
  • Lobivia varians Backeberg 1935
  • Lobivia schneideriana Backeberg 1937
  • Lobivia acculeata Buining 1941
  • Lobivia brunneo-rosea Backeberg 1957
  • Lobivia lauramarca Rauh & Backeberg 1957
  • Lobivia johnsonia Backeberg 1959
  • Lobivia titicacensis Backeberg 1959
  • Lobivia multicostata Backeberg 1963 (n.val.publ.)
  • Lobivia larae Cárdenas 1964
  • Lobivia pentlandii ssp. larae (Cárdenas) G. Navarro 1996
  • Lobivia omasuyana Cárdenas 1966
     


Flower colours range from pale yellow to rich orange red

 

 
 


yellow with orange borders



 

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