Lobivia saltensis var. nealeana
This plant has usually somewhat larger solitary body than the
near L. saltensis var. pseudocachensis, sometimes with long, curved
Small cactus, usually
solitary, or heavily clustering.
Flattish, egg-shaped or slightly elongated, up to 12 cm tall, 9 cm in
diameter, bright green to dark green or almost black.
17-20 (or more).
spines: 10-14 Thin, reddish.
Central spines: 0 - 4
whisker-like, twisted, asymmetrical, more or less long, interlaced up
to 3 cm long
(This taxon comprises both individuals with or without central spines).
The length of these spines greatly depends on sun exposure and
Pretty, shining, small up to
5 cm long, unscented, somewhat bell-shaped-bulgy,
orange-red or crimson that appears almost black when starting to open.
The stamen's filaments are dark red, and bear cream-white contrasting
anthers. The stigma lobes are greenish.
The greater part of flowers appears in spring in the first flowering,
but the plant can erratically produce some flowers in summer too.
Fruits: Globular, 5 mm in diameter,
with little brown wool, up-drying.
Seeds: Globular, small grained.
Scientific name: Lobivia saltensis var. nealeana (Backeb.) Rausch,1977
Nowadays regarded as:
Salta, nothern Argentina
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
- Lobivia nealeana
In: Bl. f. K. 1934
Hymenorebutia nealeana (Backeberg) Buining 1939
Echinopsis nealeana (Backeberg) H. Friedrich 1974
Echinopsis saltaensis var. nealeana (Backeberg) J. G.
Cultivation: It is a summer grower species
that offers no cultivation difficulties.
Lobivia saltensis 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 and
cultivars of Lobivia (Echinopsis) saltensis.