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Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

Trichocereus arboricola, Current name: Echinopsis arboricola (Kimnach) Mottram

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

Trichocereus arboricola is more of an Epiphyte instead of a normal Trichocereus and is often grown like a hanging basket cactus. It often starts off as a columnar cactus, but goes prostrate as soon as it reaches a certain size. You can grow it in a hanging basket or like a columnar Trichocereus.

It’s a very tender cactus with a shiny, bright green color and very thin, needle-like 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. Echinopsis arboricola has between 10-16 spines, which are very thin and similar to the spines on some Cleistocactus species.

Trichocereus arboricola is a night flowering species and has a very beautiful flower, which is very large for its size and white in color. It has a very delicate and noble flower.

Echinopsis arboricola is a fairly new species and was described in 1997. Because of that, it’s not included in many old cactus books.

Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)
Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)
Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)
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Trichocereus 2018 08 30 18.15.02 wm
Trichocereus 2018 08 30 21.01.20 wm
Trichocereus 2018 09 19 08.17.06 wm
Trichocereus 2018 08 28 20.31.37 wm
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Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

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Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

Trichocereus arboricola (Echinopsis arboricola)

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Trichocereus arboricola Video

Trichocereus arboricola has a lot of potential for hybrid breeding. The flowers are very beautiful and look similar to the flowers of Trichocereus thelegonus. Trichocereus arboricola is a rare Bolivian Trichocereus species that isn´t widely available, but in the last years it has gotten a lot more available. I crossed Trichocereus arboricola with Trichocereus shaferi, and there are various top notch crosses available from Misplant and other breeders.

Check out our Trichocereus Facebook group to find more photos of this clone, or the Youtube channel at Youtube.com/c/cactusjerk

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