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LISKES FEUERZAUBER (Wörlitz x Cantora Gelb) by Reinhard Liske

This one is an absolute favorite of mine, and I was lucky enough to finally have one flowering here. When I got into cactus breeding I didn´t really have a lot of famous clones, simply because I wanted to avoid asking for favors. So I actually bought this one for like 50-100 bucks at some point, and it took forever to get it to flowering size. I know I could have gotten one for free, but everything you get for free comes with baggage. So yeah, Liskes Feuerzauber finally flowering for me. This video was recorded in the 2020 season and it has since flowered very often again. The name of the hybrid in the video is LISKES FEUERZAUBER and it grew from a WÖRLITZ x CANTORA GELB cross, breeder Reinhard Liske.

Photos of Trichocereus LISKES FEUERZAUBER


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Multihybrid (Papagei x Paradiesvogel) x Nostalgie by Hans Dieter Hetzel HDH.2008.0048

I really like this hybrid by Hans Dieter Hetzel and it’s a very fertile plant in my greenhouse. I made a lot of crosses with this hybrid between PAPAGEI x Paradiesvogel ) x NOSTALGIE. PAPAGEI is a Trichocereus thelegonus hybrid with a freaky flower, and it probably passed it down to this one too. The flowers are almost always mutated in some way. The full label is HDH.2008.0048.

Photos of (Papagei x Paradiesvogel) x Nostalgie by Hans Dieter Hetzel HDH.2008.0048

Video of (Papagei x Paradiesvogel) x Nostalgie

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Trichocereus grandigonus x T.vatteri Orange CHR.1

Trichocereus hybrid comes from the German breeder Rainer Heise. Trichocereus grandigonus is a hybrid between Trichocereus grandiflora eyriesii and Trichocereus thelegonus. The father is a Trichocereus vatteri with a beautiful orange flower. It has a slender body very similar to other Thelegonus hybrids like Trichocereus imperialis. The spines are very short, more like the spines on Echinopsis eyriesii v.grandiflora. Please note that this is NOT the same plant as Trichocereus grandiflorus.

Video: Trichocereus grandigonus x T.vatteri Orange CHR.1 – Cactus Jerk S1E506

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Echinopsis “Goldrosé” KE.33.1992.4=Herz Dame x Tricho Kaiser

Echinopsis hybrid Goldrosé (with the french accent) is a Hartmut Kellner hybrid and one of the VERY FEW Echinopsis hybrids that I personally own. Echinopsis flowers can be great, but very often they are not and I really can´t keep hundreds of Echinopsis to get the really good ones. Overall, I probably have a couple hundred Echinopsis and Goldrosé is one of them. I love the flower and it´s also very good at passing down awesome flowers to the next generation. The parents are KE.33.1992.4=Herz Dame x Tricho Kaiser. The flower diameter is roughly 14 cm.

Photos of Echinopsis GOLDROSE

Video of Echinopsis Goldrose

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APRICOT GLOW (Echinopsis / Trichocereus)

APRICOT GLOW is a classic Trichocereus hybrid by Mark Dimmitt. It’s famous for the incredibly glowing flowers, which are among the best flower hybrids ever created. I am not sure about the parents of this one, but it’s definitely a fantastic hybrid.

Photos of Trichocereus APRICOT GLOW

Video of Trichocereus APRICOT GLOW

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Theleflora (Echinopsis thelegona x Echinopsis eyriesii v.grandiflora)

I am trying to post a cactus of the day in the future, and this one here is the Robert Gräser hybrid THELEFLORA. It´s an older hybrid and already counts as a real classic. The parents are Echinopsis thelegona / Trichocereus thelegonus x Echinopsis eyriesii v.grandiflora (not to be confused with Trichocereus grandiflorus). The body follows Trichocereus thelegonus, but is a bit thicker with segmented areoles. The flowers are pink to purple with longer flower tubes like you see it on the Echinopsis. Very nice mix between two completely different plants.



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Trichocereus FIRST LIGHT

First Light is a classic Trichocereus hybrid with a very unique flower. They only open for a relatively short amount of time, but when they are open they look amazing. It´s a very unique hybrid that´s still relevant, even after all those years. The breeder of Trichocereus FIRST LIGHT is Mark Dimmitt.

Videos of Trichocereus FIRST LIGHT


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Trichocereus shaferi (Echinopsis shaferi)

The name Trichocereus shaferi was described by Britton and Rose in the 1920s and lacked some important information. However, there were some later descriptions by Friedrich Ritter, Curt Backeberg/Rauh and Werdermann that went more into detail.

Trichocereus shaferi pups from the base and reaches a size of 1-1,5 meters. The plant grows halfway prostrate or leaning over and has between 15 and 20 ribs. Britton and Rose gave an average number of 12 ribs, which is dramatically different from the data that were given in later descriptions. The maximum diameter is 5-12 centimeters and the color is a gray/dark green, which you can very well see on the pictures that were provided by Trout. The ribs are 0,5-1 centimeters high and there are substantial furrows .

The areoles on Trichocereus shaferi are white felted and 1-6 mm in diameter and up to 1,2 centimeters apart of each other.

Spines: The spines of Trichocereus shaferi are yellow, very fine and needle-like with a slightly dark-brown tip. It has 7-10 radial spines (up to 1 cm long) and 1-3 middle spines (1-2 cm).

Flower: Very round flower. White. Trichocereus shaferi flowers from the upper part/apex and Britton and Rose gave a size of 15-18 cm.

Fruit: The fruit has very dominant white hairs, as you can beautifully see on the second picture. The edible fruit is round and 3-5 cm in diameter. Green in color with reddish/green scales.

Origin: Ritter encountered this plant near Leon near Jujuy at around 1500-1800 meters growing on rocky slopes. Britton and Rose gave San Lorenzo in the provence Salta at 1800 meters as the location of the typus. Ritter considered his collection in jujuy to be a regional variety but didnt really follow up on it. His collection name was FR41 and there is a large number of seeds that gotten into the collections of cactus fans all around the world.

Where to buy seeds and plants of Trichocereus shaferi? Well, it´s rare and you might come across them on eBay. Like I already mentioned before, I bought a large plant with this name a few years ago and we´re waiting for it to flower next year. Some seed stores and cactus nurseries have them in stock every once in a while, but it´s a rather rare species and it´s not available from South America. I am sure there are some collectors that offer seeds from their collections sometimes, but it´s probably a little bit hard to find and luck has a lot to do with it. If I´d be looking for this species, I´d write emails to Kakteen Haage, Kakteen Uhlig, Succeed, Sacred Succulents and hope for the best. You can also try making a post in our Trichocereus Facebook group but I´ve never really encountered one there. But it cant hurt to ask.

Photos of Trichocereus shaferi

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Trichocereus shaferi Echinopsis shaferi 2

Video of Trichocereus shaferi / Echinopsis shaferi F2 Hybrid by Family Hofer

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Echinopsis thelegonoides / Trichocereus thelegonoides

Echinopsis thelegonoides is a rare columnar cactus from Argentina. It is NOT THE SAME SPECIES as Trichocereus thelegonus. However, these two species might very well be related, and it´s even likely since they have such a similar rib structure and equally large flowers. The flowers are very beautiful, white and can be used for hybrid breeding.

Photos of Echinopsis thelegonoides / Trichocereus thelegonoides

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So this one is a very old Gräser hybrid called APOROCANDICANS SCHIGRA F2. I think the breeder is Gräser himself, but I am far from certain. The parents are an Aporocandicans hybrid (Aporocactus flagelliformis x Trichocereus candicans) x Schigra (Schickendantzii x Echinopsis eyriesii v. grandiflora) and this is an F2 hybrid from that cross. The flowers are beautifully ruffled and have a similar color to other Gäser hybrids like GRÄSERS SCHÖNSTE or GRÄSERS ERFOLG. The flowers open a bit reluctantly, which is what I haven’t really gotten perfect photos of it yet. Hope to change that in the next season.



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AW 18/2000 Pseudolobivia / Echinopsis Hybrid

This one is a fantastic Pseudolobivia (now treated as Echinopsis) hybrid by Andreas Wessner called 18a/2000. The flowers have these nice pink stripes in center of the petals. Very nice and also a great parent in hybrid crosses.

Since Andreas Wessner does often not publish the parents of his crosses, I do not know which parents are involved here. Very clearly, one of them must be an Echinopsis obrepanda like hybrid and that one came very strongly in the body. It’s a classic Pseudolobivia like body (now included in Echinopsis and this one would probably count as Echinopsis obrepanda hybrid, simply based on the body). I also have offspring of it that ended up being world class, so this is a really good hybrid.

Photos of 18a/2000 Pseudolobivia / Echinopsis

Video of AW 18a/2000 Pseudolobivia / Echinopsis

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So this Echinopsis hybrid is a total classic. The breeder is Axel Neumann, and the parents are PAPAGENO x Frühlingssonne. The complete cross number is AN.2006.32.MXL.1. The flowers are very unusual and have a diameter of roughly 12 cm, yellow. In the video I mentioned that the mother is PAPAGENA, but it´s obviously PAPAGENO. 😉

Photo Gallery of ECHINOPSIS hybrid PAPAGENA

Video of Echinopsis Hybrid PAPAGENA aka GELBER PAPAGENO AN.2006.32.MXL.1

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Echinopsis shaferi Yellow Ruffled! (Trichocereus / Soehrensia)

This cool plant is an Echinopsis shaferi / Trichocereus shaferi that I got through eBay, maybe 10-15 years ago. The plant was supposed to flower white, but ended up having an incredibly beautiful yellow flower that had a diameter of over 20 cm AND WAS RUFFLED. Perfect flower right there. The plant is incredibly fertile and pollinates most of the flowers I put it on.

I am also aware that the Hofer family has spread some Trichocereus shaferi hybrids in the past, and I am not sure if it is one of theirs. It was supposed to be a white flowering botanical Shaferi. But who knows. This species is also VERY close to Trichocereus vollianus.

Photos of Echinopsis shaferi Yellow / Soehrensia shaferi Yellow / Trichocereus shaferi Yellow

Video of Echinopsis shaferi Yellow / Trichocereus shaferi Yellow