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Echinocactus cinereus Phil.
Fl. Atacam. 23. 1860
Family: CACTACEAE

Accepted Scientific Name: Copiapoa cinerea (Phil.) Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 86. 1922 [12 Oct 1922] Britton & Rose

Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
LAU 818 (Collector: Alfred Bernhard Lau) Cifunchos, Antofagasta, Chile Altitude: 20-300m (together with L817, L819, L823 ) This is one of the most popular and attractive of the Copiapoas, due to its ash-grey to white coloured epidermis with typically black spines and wooly crown when mature. Unfortunately it is also slow growing, and therefore one of the most sought-after species in cultivation.

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Copiapoa cinerea (Phil.) Britton & Rose
Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 3: 86. 1922 [12 Oct 1922]
Synonymy: 11 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Copiapoa cinerea var. longispina f. alba hort.

Accepted name in llifle Database:
Copiapoa cinerea var. minicarpa Kníže
n.n.

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Common Names include:
LITHUANIAN (Lietuvių): Pilkasis miglinėlis
SPANISH (Español): Copiapoa de Philippi
SWEDISH (Svenska): Grå randkaktus
UKRAINIAN (Українська): Коп'япоа попеляста

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Copiapoa cinerea group

  • Copiapoa cinerea (Phil.) Britton & Rose: Produces chalky/white stems covered with wool at the apex, which contrasts well with the sparse, jet-black spines. It is a solitary, or slowly offsetting, globular to columnar cactus.
  • Copiapoa cinerea var. albispina F.Ritter: This form has white spines instead of black.
  • Copiapoa cinerea subs. columna-alba (F.Ritter) D.R.Hunt: Usually solitary, forms white columns. All the plant in habitats lean markedly northward toward the sun following the direction of predominant wind, leading to the illusion that the entire landscape is tilted.
  • Copiapoa cinerea var. longispina f. alba hort.: This is a rare form with long white (at least when young) spines.
  • Copiapoa cinerea var. minicarpa Kníže: has smallish fruits (?). Distribution: Taltal, Chile.
  • Copiapoa cinerea Serra Vetata: Has distinctive tuberculated stem. Distribution: Serra Vetata (Taltal).
  • Copiapoa melanohystrix F.Ritter: has longer stout black spines and blackish felted areoles that give the plant a very intriguing dark overall. Distribution: Esmeralda.


7823 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
AW84 (carrizalensis?) (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

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Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

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AW115 (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Cactus Art
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Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

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KK92 (Collector: Karel Kníže) Taltal, Chile, 100-200m (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Echinocactus cinereus (Copiapoa cinerea) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

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