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Los Gentiles (Trichocereus Peruvianus)
The Los Gentiles Peruvianus is mostly known through the California based Nursery Sacred Succulents, who has been offering crosses with this type for years. It is a frosted blue Peruvianus in the sense of Trichocereus Macrogonus and the color of the spines varies between Gold and reddish brown.
Most of the spines have black tips and the ribs indicate a distant relationship with Trichocereus Cuzcoensis. It definitely is an interesting type and I will add further info about it later on.
What I can already say is that it is very similar to the Trichocereus Peruvianus from the Area around Matucana and it´s possible that this is where this type originally came from.
Where to buy seeds or plants of the LOS GENTILES type: The LOS GENTILES San Pedro is rare, but sometimes available through Sacred Succulents or private growers who give away cuttings. There are a few local populations that look very much like the LOS GENTILES type. The history of this type ( I intentionally say “type” and not “clone”) is that there was an Ethnobotanist who lived with a Quechua family who occupied the land for always and forever. They allegedly grow their crops, including the cacti, exactly like the Quechuan did thousands of years ago. Now, I am not sure if that´s just folklore, a nice fairy tale or the truth but it sure as hell is a hell of a story.
The LOS GENTILES is NOT the same type as the ICAROS DNA San Pedros and it´s an amazingly interesting type. I wrote “type” instead of “clone”, simply because there are numerous plants that were raised from the seed with that label…and not just one single clone that was constantly propagated by cuttings. Sacred Succulents are pretty much the only source for this type of Trichocereus. Well, apart from the people who bought them there.
The LOS GENTILES type is extremely fascinating and I am really inclined to believe that it´s a plant, that has been bred like that for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And even if that´s not the case, it still is a fantastic San Pedro with a deep blue epidermis and strong spines that have written “Dangerous” all over them.
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