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Gnosis Garden Clone (Trichocereus cuzcoensis) Update

Gnosis Garden Clone (Trichocereus cuzcoensis)

Floyd from Magical Botanicals grew this from seed imported from Gnostic Garden. He brought about 24 of these seedlings to one of the early Australian conferences [Ethnobotanica 1 or 2 in 2001/2002] and sold them there. SAB bought a few and conference participants snapped up the rest. As well as these 24 plants, he also supplied an unknown number to a shop called Medicine Garden. All of these plants were sold as ‘Gnosis’ – a name either Floyd or Torsten from SAB decided on at the conference. That means that technically, Gnosis is a strain or regional form of T. cuzcoensis, not a clone. Though there are many similarities to the importer GNOSTIC GARDEN, the name is indeed „Gnosis Garden Clone”, not “Gnostic Garden Clone” or “Gnosis”. SAB sold all of their propagating stock at one stage, so they had to go back to their single display plant for prop material. Therefore, for the last 10 years or more all gnosis originating from SAB is indeed a clone from a single plant.
GNOSTIC GARDEN delivered Gnosis to a large number of smaller shops, who imported it into Australia in the late 90s or 2000s. The Gnosis Garden Clone (though not originally a clone, but later on) became of the most common clones in Australia at that time. It is very likely that this strain probably originated from Knize, who is (BY FAR) the biggest source for different types from the Tr. cuzcoensis group  and it´s very likely that Gnostic Garden got their stock from Knize; either directly or indirectly through the hands of another retailer or wholesaler. The wide distribution makes this clone one of the most common strains in Australia. It has massive long spines with rounded spine bases and a typical Cuzcoensis appearance. Due to the fact that Knize has offered all kinds of types from the Cuzcoensis group over the past 50 years, it´s probably not possible to pin this clone down to a certain KK number.

The GNOSIS GARDEN CLONE (GNOSTIC GARDEN) was also sold by the SAB nursery and can be bought from them.

Gnosis Trichocereus Mutant



Photo: Conv3rge (Plant from the SAB store)

Gnosis Garden Clone



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Omar (Trichocereus / Echinopsis) PC Predominant Cultivar

OMAR is a Trichocereus pachanoi clone that was most likely brought into circulation by the SAB nursery. The plant was also offered by the SAB shop, where it was sold alongside a similar hybrid called ALF. That leaves room for speculation and it´s possible that both plants (OMAR & ALF) were grown from the same seed pod or at least, were representatives of the same regional type. I personally have trouble looking at OMAR without seen anything but the well known PC Trichocereus clone, which could have some connection to Trichocereus riomizquensis from Bolivia.  PC is short for predominate cultivar, or predominant cultivar. The name was brought up from various American breeders and authors, who described it as the most common Trichocereus clone throughout North America. The clone is widely distributed all over Australia as well.

OMAR´s similarities to PC

OMAR has the same yellowish look that almost all PC cuttings had in common. Besides, the areoles and the small stump spines are really typical. And on top of that, it has the same type of flower.
Again, I did not have the chance to observe this plant over the course of a few years, but what I´ve seen on some of the pics looks a lot like the predominate cultivar. It might be PC offspring, or a plant that represents the same regional form as the PC Trichocereus, but which is a different clone.

Photos of Trichocereus pachanoi OMAR

Omar 4
Omar 5

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Trichocereus scopulicola

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Trichocereus ‘Psycho0’ Echinopsis lageniformis

Trichocereus ‘Psycho0’ Echinopsis lageniformis

Psycho0 is an Australian Trichocereus clone. It belongs to Echinopsis lageniformis.

T. bridgesii 'Psycho0' Echinopsis lageniformis

The clone was dedicated to the same-named SAB member, who unfortunately died at a very young age. It has always been a very popular clone that was given to many members on SAB. It spread through the Cactus community very fast and it´s a nice thing to see that so many people still keep our lost friend in mind. The clone originally came from Cactus Country, the legendary cactus garden in Strathmerton, Australia.

PSYCHO0 is an Echinopsis lageniformis with long, strong spines that are yellow in color. The plants usually have three very strong spines, that look pretty unique, though it can sometimes look like a more typical Echinopsis lageniformis.

Trichocereus bridgesii Psycho0 Echinopsis lageniformis

Trichocereus bridgesii Psycho0 Echinopsis lageniformis 2

Copyright: lhb2444


This nice Trichocereus terscheckii x  PYCHO0 is a great example for an amazing hybrid.

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Trichocereus ‘Zeus’ (Echinopsis)

Parents: unknown. Zeus looks very much like an Ecuadorian Trichocereus.

Origin of the Plant

The ZEUS clone is a rare clone that spread throughout the collections thanks to SAB members like Aplantis and Misplant. It´s originally from Egypt and was brought into circulation by SAB member Philocacti. Philocacti found the clone 14 years ago in Egypt. There aren´t many Trichocereus to be found there, which is why it was a lucky accident that he even found it. The other ones that Philocacti was able to find were a Trichocereus taquimbalensis, a Trichocereus cuzcoensis and a Melted wax version of Trichocereus bridgesii.

Cuttings make their way around the world

In the past years, Philocacti sent a few cuttings to people overseas and this has lead to a good number of breeders who are actively breeding with it. Though there currently are only very few cuttings available, it´s very likely that we´ll see this plant a lot more in the near future. If you are interested in the ZEUS Trichocereus clone, I´d suggest you to make a posting on the SAB forum or our Trichocereus Facebook Group! You can also try to ask the member Philocacti directly though I do not know if he currently has any more of them available. There currently are no seeds available of this type, but I will try to get some as soon as anyone of our breeders succeeds in crossing it with some other clones.

Reason for naming the Clone

The ZEUS clone was named after Philocacti´s dog, who lived with him for 13 years and always was his best friend & safe keeper in very hard times. And when I say “hard times”, I really mean that. I guess it´s safe to say that without the emotional support of his dog, Philo might not be here today. I am usually rather hesitant to name clones, but in this case it´s very appropriate to do so because there is a lot of personal history attached to the name. In addition, the plant is a very recognizable Ecuadorian Pachanoi that deserves to be named. Well yeah, I really hope that this clone will become a very widespread one, because there is a lot of positive karma attached to it.


The Zeus clone has some very distinct V-Notches. The color of its epidermis changes between a dark green to a very glaucous blue. It usually has very short spines and the older growth can be almost spineless. I´ll add more info about the measurements as soon as we were able to measure the spines, the distance between the areoles, the diameter of the areoles and the number of spines per areole.

I currently do not know how the flower looks but I´ll add that info later too.

Photos of Trichocereus ZEUS

Trichocereus clone ZEUS Ecuador pachanoi


Trichocereus Peruvianus Clone Zeus

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

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Trichocereus scopulicola

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