Trichocereus HB01 is a clone that originally comes from the Australian Shop HERBALISTICS. The plant was sourced from a garden in the Australian city Gatton in Queensland. The clone is usually short spined, but can get more spiny at a larger size.
It looks like a Trichocereus pachanoi with an very high rib count, or one of Friedrich Ritter´s Trichocereus puquiensis. It is very similar to Ritter´s old description. It tends to have a higher number of ribs than standard T.pachanoi or T.peruvianus. Tr. puquiensis was described with having 8 – 10 ribs and the pics that I got from the SAB member LHB2444 definitely fit the description. But yeah, not sure since this clone has very little background info attached to it. I´ve seen some cuttings of this clone develop some kind of skin discoloration and it´s possible there´s either a genetic or pathological reason for this. We´ll stay on the case to find out more. But yeah, it belongs to Trichocereus pachanoi and I suspect it to be Trichocereus puquiensis.
Photos of Herbalistic´s Trichocereus HB01
The photos below (Zed240) show a plant that was labeled HB01 but looks a little bit different and has substantially longer spines as the one in the first two pics. That being said, there is a great variability within all the Trichocereus species, so I would not be surprised if that difference in spine length is caused by environmental factors. There also are 5 – 6 ribbed plants from Puquio and this second plant might be one of them. But no matter if the HB01 clone is actually a Trichocereus puquiensis or a Trichocereus peruvianus, it definitely as an amazing plant that will look awesome in your collection. You can find the description and photos of Tr. puquiensis here!
Check out our main plant database pages for Trichocereus pachanoi aka Echinopsis pachanoi here:
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