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  Lobivia saltensis var. nealeana
(Syn: Echinopsis saltensis )
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Lobivia saltensis var. nealeana
This plant has usually somewhat larger solitary body than the near L. saltensis var. pseudocachensis, sometimes with long, curved central spines.
 

Description: Small cactus, usually solitary, or heavily clustering.
Stem: Flattish, egg-shaped or slightly elongated, up to 12 cm tall, 9 cm in diameter, bright green to dark green or almost black.
Areoles: 5-7 mm apart.
Ribs: 17-20 (or more).
Roots: Tap root.
Radial spines: 10-14 Thin, reddish.
Central spines: 0 - 4
whisker-like, twisted, asymmetrical, more or less long, interlaced up and disorderly curved 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 plant's age.
Flowers: Pretty, shining, small up to
5 cm long, unscented, somewhat bell-shaped-bulgy,
dark 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.
Blooming season: 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.
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia saltensis var. nealeana (Backeb.) Rausch,1977

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis saltensis Spegazzini
Cact. Plat.Tent. 1905

Origin Tucumán, Salta, nothern Argentina

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Lobivia nealeana Backeberg
    In: Bl. f. K. 1934
  • Hymenorebutia nealeana (Backeberg) Buining 1939
  • Echinopsis nealeana (Backeberg) H. Friedrich 1974
  • Echinopsis saltaensis var. nealeana (Backeberg) J. G. Lambert 1998
 

 

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.

 

 

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