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Trichocereus bridgesii cv. Melty Crest

Trichocereus bridgesii cv. Melty Crest

The Melty Crest Bridgesii (sic) is a clone that goes around since a couple of years and most likely originated from some of the european professional Growers who sow out insane numbers of seed to get a very high number of mutants.

Clones of this one were sold for over 100 Euros, though i also saw some that did not sell for 10-20 Euros, which shows that it sometimes isn´t worth starting a bidding war over a small propagated clone on Ebay.  There are some clones that never come back if you miss the opportunity, but this is not one of them. It´s rare, but it´s out there!

This clone should neither be confused with the Trichocereus Bridgesii Monstrose Type A & Type B nor the Trichocereus bridgesii “Melted Wax”. The latter is a candle-like monstrose that´s available from the American nursery Sacred Succulents!

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TPQC (Trichocereus peruvianus Quasi Cristata)

TPQC is another clone from SAB member Nitrogen. The ID of the species changed repeatedly in the past, but it is probably a Trichocereus peruvianus. It developed crested growth after an injury, but is generally not a crested clone and I have never seen one of the cuts revert back to crested growth. It is probably best to consider it a normal clone of Trichocereus peruvianus.

Photos of TPQC (Trichocereus peruvianus Quasi Cristata)

TPQC (Trichocereus peruvianus Quasi Cristata)
TPQC (Trichocereus peruvianus Quasi Cristata)
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Nitrogen´s TPC (Trichocereus cristata / crest)

Nitrogen´s Trichocereus TPC, not to be confused with Nitrogen´s TPM, is a mutant version of a Trichocereus peruvianus or Trichocereus pachanoi that became known in the Trichocereus community after the US breeder Nitrogen has produced quite a few hybrids involving it. This resulted in a large number of mutant offspring that Nitrogen donated during his first and second SAB seed giveaway.

Nitrogen´s Trichocereus Seed giveaway

The seeds that he harvested from this plant were given away to friends and other growers and we hope to see more TPC (Trichocereus peruvianus cristata) offspring soon.

This plant was so mutated that even its flowers looked abnormal somehow. It´s very rare that mutated cacti are even able to produce flowers. And not only did this one flower, but also in the most spectacular way.

As you can see on the pics, the plant can grow crested and monstrose at the same time. In 2012, Nitrogen used a pollen mix of Tom Juuls Giant, SS02 and a SS02 hybrid with Trichocereus pachanoi to pollinate this plant.

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Nitrogen´s TPC Trichocereus peruvianus cristata crest TPM 2
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Nitrogen´s TPC Trichocereus peruvianus cristata crest TPM 5

Where to get a cutting of Nitrogen´s TPC?

There are many different types of TPC. It´s an abbreviation that simply  means “Trichocereus peruvianus cristata”. However, this particular TPC is very rare and can only be found in Nitrogen´s garden, and in the collection of US breeder Misplant.

Nitrogen distributed all seeds he got from his TPC among the community for free, which is why they should be traded actively among fellow growers . If you own one of them, please consider taking cuttings and making them available. Because that´s what the purpose behind Nitrogen´s 2012 giveaway was all about.

Check out our main plant database pages for Trichocereus pachanoi aka Echinopsis pachanoi here:

And Trichocereus bridgesii here:

Trichocereus scopulicola

Also check out our Trichocereus Facebook group here:

https://facebook.com/groups/trichocereus

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Trichocereus Mutants – Freaks, Crests, variegates, Monstrosa

Trichocereus bridgesii monstrosa

On this page, I will show a whole lot of pics of interesting Trichocereus Mutants, monstrosa, freaks, crests, variegates, variegata, mutants and such.

Photos of Trichocereus Mutants

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis

In the front, you can see the classic TBM clone, an abbreviation for Trichocereus bridgesii monstrosa. This clone is also called Penis plant, Penis cactus, etc.

This clone has a very weird growth habit and produces small, penis-like pups that self-terminate and pup again after a while. There are two different types. One that only grows little pups and another one that can produce large columnar shoots, without producing these little “sausages”.

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis 5

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis 3

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis 6

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis 8

This one was sold as Trichocereus bridgesii v.inermis. It is the same clone as the TBM.

TBM Trichocereus Brigesii Penis Plant Echinopsis lageniformis 8

Trichocereus peruvianus variegata variegated mutant albino

This was sold as Trichocereus peruvianus variegata. It is grown in black plastic particles, which might sound like a good idea, but I feel like it´s not really something you should do because it´s not able to store nutrients. And god knows what other chemicals are in that plastic.

Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose monstrosa Echinopsis lageniformis

This is a very nice Trichocereus bridgesii monstrosa. It is similar to a type that Sacred Succulents encountered on one of their Field Trips to Peru

Trichocereus bridgesii crest crested cristata Philocacti Echinopsis lageniformis

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Trichocereus bridgesii crest crested cristata Philocacti Echinopsis lageniformis 4

Trichocereus bridgesii crest crested cristata Philocacti Echinopsis lageniformis 6

The pics above were donated from Philocacti! It´s an amazing Trichocereus crest and I am very happy to share those pics with you!

The following pics are from Philocacti too. I know it´s a Lophophora monstrosa and is kinda off-topic but considering how rare and cool it is, I am happy to have it on the site. There are a couple more pics of this plant in the gallery below.

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Trichocereus santiaguensis cristata monstrosa Echinopsis santiaguensis monstrose

Trichocereus pachanoi Altmans TPM monstrose cristat

Altman´s Trichocereus TPM clone

Trichocereus santiaguensis cristata monstrosa Echinopsis santiaguensis monstrose 2

Trichocereus pachanoi TPM Altmans Echinopsis monstrosa monstrose
Trichocereus pachanoi TPM Altmans Echinopsis monstrosa monstrose 3

Trichocereus pachanoi monstrosa – Could be the Altmans or the CCC clone but I am not sure.

Trichocereus pachanoi TPM Altmans Echinopsis monstrosa monstrose 4

Trichocereus pachanoi TPM Altmans Echinopsis monstrosa monstrose 5 cristat

Trichocereus peruvianus Echinopsis peruviana variegated variegata

This is an awesome Trichocereus Mutant that´s variegated

Matucana Divisonorum Variegated 2

This is a variegated Matucana. Just for the lulz.

Trichocereus peruvianus Variegated variegata
trichocereus echinopsis grandiflorus eyriesii cristate cristata

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This is an Echinopsis eyriesii v. grandiflora cristata crest.

Trichocereus terscheckii cristata crest crested

Crested Trichocereus terscheckii. Labeled Candicans.

Trichocereus bridgesii Melty Crest Crested Echinopsis lageniformis

Trichocereus bridgesii – Melty Crest – Seems like Trichocereus bridgesii produces some of the most amazing Trichocereus mutants. So it´s always worth the try mass sowing them in order to get interesting seedlings.

Trichocereus peruvianus pachanoi Crest Crested TPM Altmans

trichocereus bridgesii melty crest Echinopsis lageniformis

Some more NON-Trichocereus Mutants & Monstroses

Cultivation of mutants: Most of these mutated or variegated cacti have very similar needs as their normal equivalents. Some of them might be more vulnerable to rot if the plant is a little bit weak. Especially with old seed or bad crosses, you can sometimes have plants that are genetically inferior to other cacti and tend to have all kinds of diseases. But apart from that, Crests, variegates or monstroses are usually not any worse than normal specimens. Because of that, it´s really sad to see that some growers tend to put them on the compost because they don´t want to have bad genetics in their collections. Not that this can´t also be the case, but I know plenty of collectors who pay a lot of money for mutants and appreciate them as much or even more as standard plants.
Now, some mutants tend to have trouble getting to flower, but that´s definitely not the case with every one of them. Maybe some of them are a little slower but you often see crested plants in nature, that produce pretty normal flowers. I guess it always comes down to the genetic health of the plant. And that can be totally different from plant to plant. I guess we all know those variegated Gymnocalycium that can´t survive if not grafted on something else. And personally, that´s where I draw the line because I don´t want to keep on grafting a plant that isn´t able to survive on it´s own. But yeah, everyone has his own likes and dislikes and if you have a cool mutant that you´d like to see on this page, please let me know or post it in our Trichocereus Facebook Group!

Check out our main plant database pages for Trichocereus pachanoi aka Echinopsis pachanoi here:

And Trichocereus bridgesii here:

Trichocereus scopulicola

Also check out our Trichocereus Facebook group here:

https://facebook.com/groups/trichocereus

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Lophophora

Lophophora

I know that those plants actually don´t belong on a Trichocereus Website. But as most of our friends are heavily into Lophophora Growing, I decided to create a page that shows a couple of interesting Lophs.

The plants called Lophophora can be found throughout many collections all over the world.  Though the cacti have a bad reputation in the eyes of many serious growers, they absolutely don´t deserve that. They are beautiful plants that are among the most amazing cacti that we know today. I´ve been working on a couple other Lophophora projects. Well, first of all, I started the website lophophora.de, that was supposed to be German and English. However, I feel like it´s kinda distracting to have the two languages on a .de website. So I registered Lophophoras.com and will start an all-english website on that domain during the next years. Everyone who knows me, is probably aware of the fact that it might take me a couple of months until the website is all done and ready, so please give me a little time if you are interesting Lophophoras and want to see more pics and descriptions. I am ALWAYS looking for cool pics of Lophophoras and Trichocereus and if you want to donate some, please let me know and I´ll put you in my book of cool people. You can contact ne through our Lophophora Facebook Group or the Trichocereus Facebook Group.

But now, enough of me and let´s add a short description of these wonderful plants:

Lophophora Williamsii was originally described as Echinocactus williamsii. The man who described it was the very well known cactus grower and botanist Salm-Dyck. The genus Lophophora can be found in some, southern parts of the United States of America and Mexico. The name comes from the combination greek word LOPHOS, which means Crest and PHOROS, which means bearing or carrying.

Those plants are known as all kinds of indigenous names, like Peyote or Peyotl.

Some of the earlier names are Echinocactus williamsii, Ariocarpus Williamsii, Anhalonium williamsii or even Mammillaria Williamsii. You see that the genus Lophophora has a very interesting past and taxonomists were unsure where to put them. Their small flowers are somewhat similar to the ones on Mammillaria, though the thought of them being integrated into the genus Mammillaria seems rather strange.

Description: Lophophoras usually have a dark blue to gray colored epidermis and their body mostly consists of a large tap root that partially grows under the soil. They have 8 to 10 ribs, though most of them actually have eight. Compared to other cacti, they are very slow growers and that´s why most growers tend to graft them very early on, to get them to a bigger size fast. In the wild, a Lophophora can take up to 25-30 years to reach maturity. Now, grafted plants can start flowering after 2 years or even less, depending on how much fertilizer you pump into the plants. However, grafted specimens to have the typical tap root.

There are many different varieties and forms available on the open market and collectors & taxonomists are arguing about the number of species that exist. I personally think that the number of described species during the past 100 years was ridiculous and that many of the species that were described in the past should not stand, because it´s very normal to see great variety within the range of a species. A duck with a slightly different hair color is still a duck and not an elephant.

In the past, there were four species accepted by taxonomists: Lophophora Williamsii, Lophophora Diffusa, Lophophora Fricii and Lophophora Viridescens. Now, these days, most botanists only accept two species. Lophophora Williamsii and Lophophora Diffusa. But despite that, I will keep old names of species and varieties on my pages because it helps us to keep track of the plants that grew from a certain seed type or collection name. I also use the name Lophophora Jourdaniana, though I am fairly certain that it is some kind of commercial hybrid and not a real, botanical species. I will write a lot more about species, varieties and how to breed them on the lophophoras.com website. But since this is really close to Off-Topic on a Trichocereus website, I won’t include it here as well.

Where to buy Lophophora seed or plants? Well, there are quite a couple sources for Lophophora seeds and plants. Köhres is probably the first and foremost address to buy Lophs. They have some high-quality Loph seed from time to time. However, I also had some seed that was either unviable or had a lot of issues with fungal infections. I can only guess that they have so many plants, that they sometimes keep the berries on the plants for a very long time, what leads to them having a higher rate of fungal infections. But again, they are very friendly and if you get a bad batch of Loph seeds from them, they are usually very helpful and replace it. At least that´s what I heard about them. They probably have so many plants that they can´t really test the viability of every batch and because of that, there can be bad batches. It´s been a long time since I last tested their seed, but they had very good types and very bad ones. But again, it´s probably best to ask them about what seed is fresh and has the best viability. Apart from that, there sometimes are Lophs on Ebay. But those are actually labeled Ariocarpus or Anhalonium. I still remember the times when you could buy HUGE Lophs on eBay (some that were sold by Köhres) but those times are unfortunately over and most what you get are small plants of Lophophora Caespitosa, which is extremely common in some parts of the world. Please note that I am a European and the plants will most likely not be available on ebay US.

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Lophophora . Var. Cardona

Lophophora williamsii cristata monstrosa trichocereus_netThis is an amazing Monstrose. Pic: Philocacti

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Lophophora Williamsii var. Texana

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Lophophora Jourdaniana

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Lophophora Williamsii var. Texana Flower

Lophophora Texana

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Lophophora Diffusa

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