Trichocereus Arboricola (Echinopsis)

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Trichocereus Arboricola (Echinopsis)

Current name: Echinopsis Arboricola (Kimnach) Mottram

Origin: Bolivia, Argentina, Typuslocation: Tarija in Bolivia, 600-1000 meters altitude

Trichocereus Arboricola grows like an Epiphyt and is oftenly grown like a handing basket cactus. It grows branchy and starts off as a columnar cactus, but starts creeping very early on, so it´s recommendable to put it in a hanging basket pot.

It´s a very tender cactus with a shiny, bright green color and very thin, needlelike spines. It can reach a total size of more than a meter and up to 5 centimeters in diameter. It usually has 10+ ribs and has very small, very subtle bumps over the areoles, which are slightly felted. The areoles are up to 5 mm apart from each other. It develops aerial roots and has very fine hair on the areoles. Trichocereus arboricola has between 10-16 spines, which are very thin and similar to the spines on some Cleistocactus species.

Trichocereus Arboricola is a nightflowering species and has a very beautiful flower, which are very large for its size and white in color. It has a very delicate and noble flower.

Trichocereus Arboricola is a fairly new species and was described in 1997. Because of that, it´s not included in many old cactus books.

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