BK10512.1 Trichocereus riomizquensis, Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Trichocereus riomizquensis is one of the most interesting species from the Sacred Succulents Field Trips because it is an intermediate between the Trichocereus bridgesii-type Riomizquensis from the Field Trips and the ones that look like the short spine versions that Friedrich Ritter´s description was about. If you look closely at the whole appearance of this plant, you can see that it has a similar areole shape like the one you can see on the “PC Pachanoi”. And I really hate to use that word…but it´s nothing but a Trichocereus riomizquensis. The flower and the overall appearance proves it.
Though this type has a totally different spination, you can see that the areoles here are somewhat similar. Imagine this type without the long strong spines and you have a very similar plant.
My personal opinion is that Trichocereus riomizquensis is a close relative or part of the species Trichocereus bridgesii. There is a whole lot variation within the Riomizquensis populations and every single type I show here on this site are unique in a certain way. This is one of the most interesting Trichocereus species and I am constantly looking for seeds or cuttings if you happen to come across it..
Where to buy seeds or cuttings of Trichocereus riomizquensis:
Well, Ben and Sacred Succulents would be my starting point if I were in the USA. They don´t ship plants internationally, but if you have the luck to be in the country you might be able to get some cuttings. Apart from that, I do not know any sources for this cool plant. The fact that most of those would be labeled as Trichocereus bridgesii or PC Pachanoi doesnt make it any easier to get some. So yeah, expect to encounter them labeled as Trichocereus bridgesii….or worse.
Copyright: Ben Kamm, Sacredsucculents.com
BK10512.4 Trichocereus riomizquensis, Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010
This photo here looks really unspectacular, but shows the area of the Rio Mizque. It is the place of origin of this rare species and most of the plants that can be found there are obviously Bridgesii related.
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