Chavín de Huántar: Trichocereus santaensis & El Lanzon
Chavín de Huántar is an archaeological site in Peru with a long history of Trichocereus cultivation. There are plants that can be found within the ruins and those plants probably go back for many thousands of years. The ruins are thought to be from 1200BC and the age of this complex is energetically discussed among archaeologists.
This legendary place is located in the Ancash area and holds great religious as well as historic significance, which is why the center was in the midst of the Chavin culture. It is located near the important Peruvian city Lima and lies at the confluence of two large rivers: The Rio Mosnar and the Huanchecsa river. The Trichocereus strains from this area have a huge botanic variability and the area is home to a large number of different plants and Trichocereus species.
Photo: Sharon ODB
Photos from the Sacred Succulents Field Trips. Ben Kamm, Sacredsucculents.com.
Trichocereus sp, Chavindehuantar, Ancash, Peru
The regional form known from this area is probably somewhere between Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus peruvianus. We saw plants that clearly belonged into the Trichocereus santaensis group as well as other weird plants…some of which even look like Trichocereus huanucoensis.
BK09509.2 Trichocereus sp, Chavin, Ancash, Peru
Another great Specimen from the Ancash Region in Peru.
BK09508.2 Trichocereus sp, Chavin, Ancash, Peru 2009
BK09509.1 Trichocereus sp, Chavin, Ancash, Peru
BK09509.1 Trichocereus sp, Chavin, Ancash, Peru 2009
El Lanzon Trichocereus :
This legendary photo is made by Aplantis.net:
This plant has a great history and most people who visit the area can´t go by without taking loads of photos. It´s one of my most favorite plants.
Those plants were posted by ChavinHerbalist. They are trying to preserve the genetics and posted some amazing photos on Facebook. Check them out!
Photos below Trichocereus santaensis / Echinopsis santaensis in Chavin de Huantar, El Lanzon (Riley Flatten)