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Trichocereus pachanoi (Echinopsis pachanoi)

Trichocereus pachanoi, also known as Echinopsis pachanoi, is columnar cactus with a long history of being grown as a crop and ritual plants. Today they can be found in every South American country. It is endemic to Peru and Ecuador, where the type locality can be found.

Please note that this is a purely informational article and we do not sell any plants or seeds of Trichocereus pachanoi. 

Photo Trichocereus pachanoi Echinopsis pachanoi cactus

The official and currently valid name is Echinopsis pachanoi, which came up when Friedrich & Rowley made a poorly thought out merger of the genus Trichocereus with Echinopsis! Trichocereus and Echinopsis are closely related, but there are so many differences in regards to the flowers and the body that it makes no sense to use Echinopsis for all kinds of different plants, while the same authors support the differentiation of even closer genera like Loxanthocereus and Borzicactus. I would jokingly call the chaos around the Echinopsis names the dark ages of Trichocereus  taxonomy. Now after numerous cladistic studies that pointed out that the genus Echinopsis needs to be changed again, the opinion of many authors have shifted and experts like Joel Lodé went on to use Trichocereus again. The genus Trichocereus is not officially back yet, but it would be highly unlikely if it wouldn´t be brought back within the next 10 or 20 years.

Echinopsis pachanoi aka Trichocereus pachanoi is a VERY variable cactus. It is not easy to differentiate Trichocereus pachanoi from other atypical Trichocereus types, such as a short-spined Trichocereus peruvianus or very spiny specimens of Trichocereus scopulicola. One of the most common strains of Trichocereus scopulicola, FR991, is very similar to Trichocereus pachanoi. It´s actually not really important, but I want to include this interesting little piece of information to point out what other and extremely similar plants can be out there-

Echinopsis pachanoi, aka Trichocereus pachanoi, is a very fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andean Mountains, where it grows between 2.000 and 3.000 meters altitude.

It´s natural habitat includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru but the plant can also be found in countless cactus collections all across the world. It is very similar to its relative Trichocereus peruvianus, now called Echinopsis peruvianus/peruviana or Peruvian Torch. Some growers, including Friedrich Ritter considered them to be synonymous and I tend to agree with that opinion because I’ve seen how extremely variable this whole group of cacti can be. Its general appearance depends on the environment and the overall health of a specimen. Trichocereus pachanoi is a very important plant for the Peruvian natives and has been used for all kinds of purposes.

Traditional names of Trichocereus pachanoi:

Achuma, Wachuma, Aguacolla, Huachuma, Hahuacollay, San Pedro,

Description of T. pachanoi:

Trichocereus Pachanoi naturally occurs in Ecuador and Peru, but can also be found planted all across Peru, because it was considered a sacred plant for the Peruvian natives. Its stems are light to dark green, sometimes glaucous and have a diameter of 5 to 20 cm  and usually 5–8 ribs, depending on the size. The white or gray areoles can produce numerous spines, that can get up to 2 cm long or more, depending on the environmental conditions it is grown in. As already mentioned before, the plant can be totally  spineless. The areoles are spaced evenly alongside the ribs, and between 1 and 2 centimeters apart.

Trichocereus pachanoi grows like a tree and reaches sizes of up to 6 meters and in some rare cases, even more. The plant pups from the base and grows columnar, unlike the smaller, clumping species of Echinopsis. Trichocereus pachanoi is a textbook example of a columnar cactus. It is one of the most beautiful cacti that are out there. The skin color can vary greatly and while some of the Ecuadorian Trichocereus pachanoi have a bright green color, there are many glaucous types. Most collection plants lack the spines while the specimens in the habitat usually tend to have more spines. There even are forms which are said to be the wild, spiny form of Trichocereus sachanoi and which was probably brought into cultivation by Karel Knize. I once bought some of those “wild Pachanois” and they had very long and yellowish spines.

Flowers: White, coming out at the upper parts of the Columns. Trichocereus pachanoi is a night flowering and self-sterile species. That means it needs another pollen donor to produce seed. The flowers are very large and attractive, usually around 18–25 cm long and with a diameter of up to 21 centimeters. It produces green fruits that are up to 7 cm long.

The flowers produce a very pleasant smell. The sepals have a brownish/reddish color while the petals are white. The stylus has a green base. The tube is covered with gray/black hairs.

Type location: Ecuador, Chan Chan Valley.

In the original description, Rose mentioned that Trichocereus Pachanoi comes from the higher areas of the Andes, where it grows at 2000-3000 meters altitude. Britton and Rose considered Cuena in Ecuador as the location of the type. That means that the plants that can be found there are the most typical for their description. Trichocereus Pachanoi grows all across Ecuador, from the Chan Chan valley down to the large Armatocereus populations in the south. In addition, the plant can also be found all over Peru and those plants are usually wild forms.

Trichocereus Pachanoi was named in honor of the well-known cactus collector and taxonomist, Pachano.

Commercial names and synonyms

Trichocereus sp. Torres & Torres, Trichocereus huanucoensis, Trichocereus, Tom Juul´s Giant (which is probably just an Ecuadorian Pachanoi), TPM, Trichocereus HBG 53196, Loehmans monstrose Trichocereus, Trichocereus OST 90641, KK2150 Trichocereus, and so on. 

Cultivation: Trichocereus pachanoi is very easy to cultivate. It’s a plant take can take a fair amount of frost and that´s relatively frost hardy for a cactus. Short night frosts and short temperature spikes down to minus 5° Celsius shouldn’t be a problem for them, but it also depends on the general health of the plant. I do not recommend to leave it in wet soil for long if the temperatures are low. This is one of the plants that takes a lot of water when the temperatures are high. In summer, I water them weekly and fertilize them once a month. And they love it. They need to reach a certain before they will ìflower, but if you give them a large enough pot and sufficient nutrients, they will even flower without free root run. I can recommend a sandy, acidic soil that dries up very fast. That ensures that the plant is dry once you bring it inside to the winter storage. In some warmer countries, Trichocereus sp. can be grown outside and they usually take it very well. I saw beautiful specimens in Australia or California. The Only thing you need to be careful about is rain because they don’t like getting wet feet for a long time. They take it for a couple of days, but it´s best if to give them some rain protection and a covering sail to prevent them from being overgrown by moss and algae. During the growth season, Trichocereus Pachanoi can grow very fast if watered on a regular basis.

Ecuadorian Specimens of Trichocereus pachanoi

Trichocereus pachanoi can be found on all kinds of witches markets in Peru and Ecuador. Ecuadorian Pachanoi tend to have a distinct, bright green color and are among the most sought after Trichos that are. In general, Trichocereus Pachanoi makes a great grafting stock, because of its fast growth and frost hardiness. Below you can find photos of plants that are typical for the Ecuadorian phenotype. The plants are often surprisingly spiny, with rounded ribs and 1-3 longer spines on white felted areoles.

Photos of Ecuadorian T. pachanoi

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Photos below are from the Sacred Succulents Field Trips and show plants in Vilcabamba Ecuador. Note the dark glow.

Trichocereus pachanoi Vilcabamba Ecuador Neil Logan
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Below Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Zeus’ (Philocacti)

Trichocereus pachanoi photo Zeus

Photo below T.pachanoi KK339 (Rodni Kisar) 

KK339 Trichocereus pachanoi Ecuador 2 Rod

Below: Echinopsis pachanoi photo of KK339 by Karel Knize

KK339 Trichocereus pachanoi Ecuador 2

Diseases and how to avoid them

They are fairly resilient and don’t suffer from many diseases. They can suffer from bacterial or fungal rot every now and then and there are various pests & infections that growers can encounter. Black rot is usually benign and heals up after a while. There are fungal infections that can infect all plants from the genus Trichocereus, for example Witches Broom Disease, Damping Off or some other forms of orange rot. In many cases, fungal infections kill the plant within short time and infected plants should be removed from the collection immediately. Another common pest are root mealies, which are often brought into the collection through bought plants from online marketplaces and it’s hard to get rid of them once and for all. Chemical pesticides like Imidacloprid work very well but because they have a very bad impact on the beneficial insects like Bees and worms, I wouldn’t recommend it. Neem or Neem Oil works very well against all kinds of pests, including the hardy spider mites, Root mealies or scale. Scale can also be scrubbed off if the outbreak is not very bad. Trichocereus pachanoi should get a soil without too much humus because it tends to attract rot. Another natural pesticide that is used in organic farming is sulfur, which works against Spider mites and infections. Some growers also like to use diatomaceous earth to get rid of minor pests. Generally speaking, Trichocereus pachanoi is one of the easiest cacti that you can grow and most beginners shouldn’t have a problem to grow them.

Frost tolerance of Echinopsis pachanoi:

Trichocereus pachanoi is able to take short night frosts, down to -9° Celsius, which is 15.8° Fahrenheit. The minimum average temperature is around 10° Celsius or 50° Fahrenheit. Using Valerian flower extract is beneficial and can help to improve their resistance against frost.

General recommendations of things to avoid

A common thing that new growers like to do is taking too many cuttings to get a lot of plants very fast. I really hate because that will slow down the general growth dramatically. Very large plants grow much faster than small cuttings. If you really want to  produce a lot of them them (to get grafting stock, for example), make sure not to cut too small segments. The minimum length should be at least 30 centimeters long. That ensures that your cutting is growing fast and vigorously. Cutting a Trichocereus promotes pupping; but only if you don’t cut away too much. Small stumps will often struggle to survive if they werent in a great general shape when the cut was taken and it´s just something that I see a lot. Don´t mess too much with the pH level of the soil, because it can kill the plant if the pH is too high or low. They usually like slightly acidic soil. Don´t use regular plant soil because it contains WAY too much Humus or wood products for them. They might like it in summer but as soon as the temps drop, your plant might rot away because the roots take forever to dry. Don´t leave water standing in the pot because it will spoil the roots. Don´t spray them with oil and leave them in the sun directly after the treatment, because the sun will probably burn it. Only apply oil or alcohol in the evening when the sun cannot burn the plant and make sure not to directly expose plants that spent the winter in the house to the burning sun, because it will give it a sunburn.

Getting Trichocereus over the Winter: Most Trichocereus species can be overwintered in a bright place with a temperature between 10° Celsius/50° Fahrenheit. As long as the plants are in winter storage, they don’t require water because they go into dormancy. Because of that, they should be kept completely dry between October and April. Otherwise, the soil might spoil, what often leads to the death of the plant. Please note that this only applies to growers in Europe or similar country, where the strong night frosts and rain periods would kill the plants outside. Make sure to give them enough fresh air to reduce the risk of fungal infection. Most Trichocereus tolerate cold winter storage very well. Besides, this cold storage is the same that happens to them in nature and it increases their general ability to flower. Plants that are kept too warm all year round have trouble to produce flowers.

Just like the other plants from the genus Echinopsis, Trichocereus pachanoi is very easy from seed. But only if you know what you´re doing. I can recommend the takeaway-tech, which is a development of the Fleischer Tec. Mr. Fleischer was a cactus enthusiast that invented a technique in which he germinated cactus seeds in small glass jars with a closed lid. Now, there are those 250 ml Salad containers that can be used in a similar way and they work with many cacti. Now, the seeds need light to germinate. So you don´t cover the seeds with soil but sprinkle them on the soil. The seeds of Trichocereus Pachanoi are very tiny. As a soil, I can recommend a mix of standard sowing soil (not regular plant soil because sowing soil does not spoil so easily) and sharp coarse sand. This way, the chances for fungal infections are rather slim. In addition, you can add a fungicide right when you add the seeds. There are various fungicides available on the market. Just make sure to not use Sulfur or copper during the germination process. Sulfur works great to get rid of infections on adult plants; but it can kill every single seed in a sowing container. So don´t use it if you intend to germinate seed. You can ask your pharmacist about potential fungicides.

Now, after you mixed the soil, you put it in the small see-through container and make sure to even out the soil layer by slightly stomping the soil with another growing container. This is to avoid that the seeds fall into little cracks. The soil level needs to be straight to ensure that the seedlings have enough stability later on. After you consolidated the soil, you can sprinkle the Trichocereus seeds on top of the soil. Then, you get yourself a water sprayer, add in some fungicide or antibiotic solution (but only one that doesn’t kill seeds) and spray the whole thing very lightly. Trichocereus Seed does not take a lot of water to germinate. Make sure not to add too much water, because it WILL 100% kill them if the soil looks like a swamp. Besides, make sure to get yourself VIABLE seeds. There are many crappy seeds available on the market and many of them are not viable anymore. Trichocereus seed usually stays fresh for 5-10 years, but the germination rates are best during the first year. After you’ve sprayed the whole seed/soil mix, you can close the lid and take it to a bright spot, like a window or under an LED lamp. Light increases germination rates dramatically and I can only recommend you to get yourself an LED lamp. But I’d recommend you to get one that uses High Power LEDs and that has at least 150 Watt. From all the things I got myself, this was the thing that increased the germination rates the most. Don´t bake the seeds though; a light spot on the window is absolutely sufficient. Ideal germination temperature is between 25 and 30 degree Celsius. If the seed was viable, you will get some germinations within 2-3 weeks. If you get white mold on the seeds, they are probably dead. It does not help to leave seed wet for more than 6 weeks in order to “wait for germinations”. It’s rather counterproductive so if you don’t get germinations within 4-6 weeks, take off the lid, let everything dry out and then, restart again. Difficult or half-dead seed can be treated with Gibberellic acid to wake it up from dormancy. Besides, cycles of drying out and watering can help to bring back zombie seed to life.
If you get mold inside the container, take off the lid asap and water away the mold. At this point, you´ll have to leave the lid open and grow them without a lid. If you do that, they need to be sprayed with water on a regular basis to stay alive. Like, twice a day. But don’t keep them wet for long and ensure that the soil can get dry between the watering cycles. Otherwise, you might get fungus gnats, which look like tiny, see-through worms. In that case, let the soil dry out.

The small seedlings have enough nutrients to survive for a couple months, but it helps to fertilize them IN A VERY DILUTED CONCENTRATION every now and then. Don’t use the regular dose that adult plants get or they will die. Besides, don’t expose the seedlings to DIRECT sunlight or they will get sunburn and die. Well yeah, after one year, they should be big enough to re-pot them and single them out. If you encounter problems in your culture, just let me know and I´ll try to help you!

The flowers of Trichocereus pachanoi: 

The flowers are large, white, hairy and covered with scales. The color of the hairs is usually black or brown, while the color of the hair on the buds or flowers on the PC clone is mostly white and similar to that of Bolivian species like Trichocereus bridgesii.

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Photo Trichocereus pachanoi Echinopsis pachanoi flower tube flowers flowering cactus

Photos of T. pachanoi

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A typical specimen with relatively short spines.

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Another very beautiful strain. The spine length is around 2 cm and this is not very uncommon.

Trichocereus pachanoi Bogan Australia hybrid Echinopsis 2
Trichocereus pachanoi Yowie Australia hybrid Echinopsis

Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yowie’

Trichocereus pachanoi 'Rod' Ecuador Echinopsis cactus

Rather spine specimen, which might actually be an intermediate between T. peruvianus and T. pachanoi

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Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Rod’

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This picture shows one of the plants that Curt Backeberg sold, also known as Backeberg Pachanoi. He used to recommend the plant for grafting in the 50s and sold huge amounts of em through his cactus nursery.

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Trichocereus pachanoi kimnach Huntington Botanical Garden photo

Trichocereus pachanoi Kimnach et. al. 28760 – Huntington Botanical Garden

Trichocereus PC Echinopsis Pachanoi

This photo might actually show the PC clone, a version that is often attributed to T. pachanoi, but which needs investigation. Photo: by Lars

Chavin-cactus-stone Trichocereus Echinopsis ancient ruins

Stone plate from Chavin de Huantar showing typical Trichocereus cacti

Nephiliskos Kaktus-Azteke

Nephiliskos Kaktus-Azteke

Trichocereus pachanoi Echinopsis pachanoi group shot photo

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Forest & Kim Starr – Predominant Cultivar, also known as Predominate Cultivar. This one might not even be a Trichocereus pachanoi.

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Forest & Kim Starr – Predominant Cultivar, also known as Predominate Cultivar. This one might not even be a Trichocereus pachanoi.

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Forest & Kim Starr – Predominant Cultivar, also known as Predominate Cultivar.

Flower of Trichocereus pachanoi Echinopsis pachanoi


by Enfo Jardins_Mossèn_Costa_i_Llobera

Photo of Echinopsis pachanoi in Peru Trichocereus pachanoi

Anne Besnier Zavaleta  Fleur_de_cierge_du_PérouMacAllenBrothers Echinopsis-pachanoi-peru

Photo of Echinopsis pachanoi in Peru Trichocereus pachanoi 2

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PC Trichocereus Predominant Cultivar

Photo below probably shows the PC clone

Flowers of Trichocereus pachanoi Echinopsis flowering cactus

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by Lars

And now, as a comparison, the almost identical Tom Juul´s Giant, which is considered to be a form of Trichocereus pachanoi. Copyright Misplant.net:

Trichocereus Tom Juul´s Giant TJG Echinopsis photo

Video comparison between Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus peruvianus

Differences between Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus bridgesii Video

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Trichocereus book Volume 1 Echinopsis cactus book

First photos of my TRICHOCEREUS BOOK!

Hey guys, the first photos of the TRICHOCEREUS book are here. It looks gorgeous and I wanted to share some of the pics with you. Please note that this is a huge book. The measurements are 221 x 303 mm, so it´s even a little bit bigger than A4. Get yourself a meter and check out how big this actually is. It´s a monster of a Trichocereus book.

I´ll attach a pic of the finished cover, the index and some of the pages. There are 400 all-color pages and we made sure they are all great. There only are a few hundred books available outside the campaign, so let me know if you want to preorder one. You can message me here on Facebook or through my email EG [@] trichocereus.net. There only are hardcover books left and the price of those is 88 Euro plus shipping. Because of the immense costs of the color printing, this was the cheapest I could price them. It will be very worth it though.

The cover is slightly different to the latest version because we had to exchange one photo which didn’t have the resolution it needed to have. I think it looks even better now.

If you want to get a copy, you can it here: https://trichocereus.net/product/trichocereus-book-vol-1-patrick-noll-buch-cactus-echinopsis

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Trichocereus huanucoensis (Echinopsis)

Trichocereus huanucoensis goes back to a nursery owner called Harry Johnson senior, who brought this plant into the USA in the 1950s. Unlike popular belief, Trichocereus huanucoensis is NOT an official species. There is no official description and very little information about the plant. According to Herbarium pieces, its place of origin is Huanuco. It is a beautiful town directly beside Chavin de Huantar and the plants that can be found there are Trichocereus santaensis and intermediate forms between Trichocereus santaensis and Trichocereus pachanoi. The same applies to Trichocereus huanucoensis too. It is fairly typical of Backeberg´s species Trichocereus santaensis and the place of origin underlines that. If you want to see similar plants, check out the posting about Chavin de Huantar.

Trichocereus huanucoensis Echinopsis Misplant

Trichocereus huanucoensis has very wide ribs, which give it a similar look to Trichocereus santaensis and Trichocereus bridgesii. The original site where Johnson collected his seeds is unknown, but the plants grown from them are common to be found in some parts of the USA. In California, quite a few larger plants were planted outside. Apart from its occurrence in cactus nurseries and collected in the USA, it is very rare in Europe. This underlines the suspicion that Mr. Johnson was indeed the source and distributed this plant among his friends and customers.

Trichocereus huanucoensis tends to be extremely fat and has a very bloated look. Its spine length is extremely variable and the specimens can have no spines or long spines but it usually has very few spines per areole. The spines are usually golden, but lack a swollen spine base. This is a key similarity to the plants from Chavin de Huantar as well.

Though the obvious lack of a description, it is a very attractive plant that deserves to be propagated. It is commercially available from Sacred Succulents or Misplant but it is still a rare plant.

One specimen of Trichocereus huanucoensis is also growing in the Huntington Botanical Garden in California. The specimen that Sacred Succulents use for their Huanucoensis crosses was originally from Ed Gay, who was a close friend of Johnson & Huntington. Some people tend to believe that Trichocereus huanucoensis is a Bridgesii relative, but the flower morphology pretty much rules that out right away. Its flowers and flower buds are typical for a Peruvian San Pedro, especially T. santaensis.

There is a variety of this plant on the market labeled H80361, which probably originated from Johnson also. There might have been the chance to find out more about the origin of the plant in the Huntington Botanical Garden but unfortunately, they do not have any info on where some of their older plants came from. At some point, their ID cards were stolen or lost, what makes it more difficult to find more information on the plant´s origin other than that it came from Huanuco.

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Trichocereus huanucoensis cutting

Trichocereus Aff. Huanucoensis – Trout

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Huanocoensis var. Stillman

Trichocereus huanucoensis seeds

Trichocereus huanucoensis x Serra Blue Echinopsis Delia Kisar
Trichocereus huanucoensis x Serra Blue Echinopsis Delia Kisar
Trichocereus huanucoensis x Serra Blue Echinopsis Delia Kisar
Trichocereus huanucoensis x Serra Blue Echinopsis Delia Kisar

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Trichocereus pachanoi / Echinopsis pachanoi in Ecuador!

Photos of Trichocereus and Echinopsis pachanoi in Ecuador!

Trichocereus pachanoi in Ecuador is rare, but there definitely are a lot of them to be found there.

The original type locality of Trichocereus pachanoi is in Ecuador. Though it is much more common in Peru these days the most typical specimens to the description can be found in Ecuador. Trichocereus pachanoi Ecuador are rare, but they can be found and have a long history. I will use this page for all my Ecuadorian Pachanois. There are many, but it´ll take a while for me to get everything up to date.

Those photos were made by Neil Logan during the Sacredsucculents.com Field Trips!

Vilcabamba (N. Logan)

Another cool Planting from the SS Field Trip in 2008! Pic: Neil Logan + Ben Kamm sacredsucculents.com! Please try to support this great company!

Photos of Trichocereus pachanoi Ecuador

Trichocereus pachanoi in Ecuador Echinopsis Vilcabamba

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Those photos were provided by Chavinherbalist.com. Thanks a lot to them…check their shop out!

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This is KK339 Trichocereus pachanoi goes back to Karel Knize. Those photos were provided by Rodni and Delia Kisar by Trichocereus.com.au!

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

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Trichocereus pachanoi in Bolivia?

When people refer to Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia, they usually mean populations of Echinopsis pachanoi in Bolivia. But much unlike popular belief, most of those plants are actually closer to Trichocereus bridgesii than to Trichocereus pachanoi. Both of these species are sister species and closely related, but they are not the same species. However, both species can look very much like each other. You can definitely see the difference on flowering plants though. Echinopsis pachanoi usually has brown or black hairs on the flowers, while the hairs on the Bolivian species are often white.

Here are some of the so called Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia populations that were visited during Sacred Succulents´Field Trips. Most of the plants are labeled Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, what stands for „affinity to Trichocereus pachanoi“. That means that those plants look similar to Trichocereus pachanoi, while they probably are more closely related to Trichocereus bridgesii. Don´t forget that Trichocereus pachanoi is widely cultivated in every South American country today. It´s just that the Bolivian version of Echinopsis pachanoi is Trichocereus bridgesii, which is also called Achuma or Cactus of the Four Winds. The latter has become a catchy marketing phrase for everything that has four ribs, but that has more to do with marketing than ancient history. Nonetheless, this phrase has been used for a four-ribbed Bridgesii type. With that said, many plants can temporarily have four ribs, but usually grow some later on.

Here I will show some photos from the Sacred Succulents Field Trips from Bolivia. All those pics are from  Ben Kamm and Sacredsucculents.com. Please support them to make more Field Trips like those possible!

 BK10512.11 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, near Cuchucunata,  Cochabamba, Bolivia 

 BK10512.11 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, near Cuchucunata,  Cochabamba, Bolivia 

 BK10512.11 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, near Cuchucunata,  Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia

Those plants are relatively spineless, but look pretty typical for Bolivian plants between Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus bridgesii. In my eyes, those are just spineless or relatively spineless forms of Trichocereus bridgesii but you would need to take a look at the flowers to verify. There certainly are some cultivated Pachanois in Bolivia, but they are grown as natural fencing or garden plants are did not evolve over time. Most populations of Echinopsis pachanoi in Bolivia are actually Trichocereus bridgesii.

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Arani, Cochabamba, Bolivia 

On this one, you can see the obvious relationship to Trichocereus bridgesii. I originally wrote that it might be related to Trichocereus scopulicola, but it could as well but just another type of Trichocereus bridgesii. But the labeling with aff. pachanoi fits pretty good, though those are all closer related to Trichocereus bridgesii than they are to Trichocereus pachanoi.

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Arani, Cochabamba, Bolivia 

Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Arani, Cochabamba, Bolivia  2

Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia

BK10508.5 T. aff. pachanoi, Tiatako, Cochabamba, Bolivia 

Another version of Trichocereus pachanoi Bolivia, but which is actually closer to Echinopsis lageniformis, aka Trichocereus bridgesii. This one is the most interesting, because it might actually be a relative of Trichocereus scopulicola. But I would need to take a closer look at the rest of the plants. On the second pic, the ribs look very much like the ribs on a Trichocereus scopulicola.

BK10508.5 T. aff. pachanoi, Tiatako, Cochabamba, Bolivia 

BK10508.5 T. aff. pachanoi, Tiatako, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2

BK10508.1 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Cerro San Pedro, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

BK10508.1 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Cerro San Pedro, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

BK10508.1 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Cerro San Pedro, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 2

BK10508.1 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Cerro San Pedro, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 4

BK10508.1 Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Cerro San Pedro, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 6

Trichocereus bridgesii, Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

Trichocereus bridgesii, Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

Very cool Trichocereus growing in Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden in Cochabamba, Bolivia!

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi, Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

Trichocereus species in Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden Cochabamba, Bolivia

Martin Cardenas is a specialist on peruvian cacti and this is his botanical garden in Chochabamba. He is widely accepted and respected field botanist and it´s really great to see his private garden.

Trichocereus species in Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden Cochabamba, Bolivia

Trichocereus species in Martin Cardenas Botanical Garden Cochabamba, Bolivia 2

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

And Trichocereus bridgesii here:

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