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  Lobivia sylvestris
(Syn: Chamaecereus sylvestris)
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The traditional peanut cactus (Chamaecereus sylvestris) is a well known cactus with vivid red flowers, often produced in prolific quantities.

Description: Matforming cactus with many crowded finger-like stems. Established plants can reach a height of 15 cm and width of 30 cm, with stems
Stems: Pale green finger sized, initially erect that became prostrate up to 10 cm tall, 1.2 cm in diameter, up to 15 cm long. As cactus ages, eventually eventually become woody and spineless.
Ribs: 8 to 10;
Spines: 10 to 15 soft, white bristles, 2 mm long.
Flowers: Orange-red about 5 cm in diameter, often produced in prolific quantities from an early age.
Blooming season: In several flushes in late spring and early summer.
Remarks: Chamaelobivia hybrids: The peanut cactus is still often encountered as Chamaecereus silvestrii, and occasionally as Lobivia silvestrii. This plant has been intensively hybridized with other Echinopsis (especially Lobivia sp.). This hybrids are sometime called  "Chamaelobivia" and are pretty easy to grow and easy to get to bloom and are now available in  different striking flower colours. They are often thicher, stronger, larger growing than C. sylvestrii and tend not to have the typical peanut shaped offsets. The offsets produced being more strongly attached to the main stems.


cv. RAINBOW

cv. PERLA DI VERONA

Forma CRISTATA

cv. BOOM

 


Cultivation:
This is an easily grown cactus, suited to hanging baskets as well as pots. Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. This Echinopsis needs a period of cool rest in winter to produce flowers abundantly. It flowers freely indoors if conditions suit it. The plant survives outside without protection in winter (cold hardy to -8° ) but somewhat prone to rot, then, too.
Needs moderate water in summer, none in winter Watch for infestations of mealybug, scale insects and spider mite.

Propagation:
Easy to propagate from offsets or seed. Small joints are produced in quantities (peanuts) These offsets can be detached and planted immediately as they root easily with no assistance when they touch the ground. Just let them lay on the soil and you have a new start.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Lobivia sylvestris:

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lobivia silvestri G.D.Rowley 1967

Nowadays regarded as: Echinopsis chamaecereus H. Friedrich & Glaetzle 1983

Origin:  Argentina (Tucumán)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: Peanuts cactus

Synonyms:

  • Chamaecereus sylvestris (Spegazzini) Britton et Rose 1922
  • Cereus silvestrii


The common name comes from the peanut-like offsets that this cactus provides generously along the stems.

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