Trichocereus cephalomacrostibas KK1421
Trichocereus cephalomacrostibas is an old questionable name that originated from Backeberg. In Backeberg´s and Werdermann´s book NEUE KAKTEEN (NEW CACTI) he published a small description of a plant called Cereus cephalomacrostibas. Back then, almost all columnar-cacti were put in the genus Cereus and the name was later changed to Trichocereus cephalomacrostibas. Do not confuse Cereus cephalomacrostibas with Cereus macrostibas, which was actually a Neoraimdonia.
The original description goes like this:
Cereus cephalomacrostibas grows in packed groups of columnar cacti that get up to 2 meters tall. They are up to 10 cm thick, a gray-green color, tightly packed areoles, 3 – 6 radial spines and 3 middle spines. The flower is 12 cm long (which is too small for a Trichocereus flower), white, covered with white wool and scales. This original plant occurs in South Peru, above Mollendo.
Now back to KK1421: The Seeds came from Karel Knize and were originally collected from Matarani, Peru at 300m altitude. Knize´s plant obviously comes from the group around Tr. cuzcoensis but it´s difficult to know if this is actually the same plant as Backeberg described as I lack a pic of the flower. What I can say is that 12 cm would be very small of a Trichocereus flower. And there are pics showing a type of Weberbauerocereus, which most believe is THE original Tr. cephalomacrostibas. Mr. Knize´s plant is 100% sure NOT a weberbauerocereus.
Where to buy seeds of KK1421: I actually have some in my shop every now and then. Check it out here: trichocereus.net/shop . This article is an excerpt from my book KAREL KNIZE TRICHOCEREUS FIELD GUIDE.
Pictures provided from Troutsnotes.com!
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