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Accepted Scientific Name: Echinopsis schieliana (Backeb.) D.R.Hunt
Bradleya 5: 92 (1987)
Origin and Habitat: This plant is a selected form found in cultivation only, originated from standard Frailea pumila which occurs naturally the valley of Río Consata, La Paz, Bolivia and spreads in the adjacent Tarija.
Echinopsis schieliana (Backeb.) D.R.Hunt
Bradleya 5: 92 (1987)
- Echinopsis schieliana (Backeb.) D.R.Hunt
- Lobivia backebergii subs. schieliana (Backeb.) Rausch in Rausch
- Lobivia backebergii f. schieliana (Backeb.) Rausch ex G.D.Rowley
- Lobivia schieliana Backeb.
- Echinopsis maximiliana subs. quiabayensis (Rausch) G.D.Rowley
- Lobivia maximiliana subs. quiabayensis (Rausch) Rausch in Rausch
- Lobivia maximiliana var. quiabayensis (Rausch) Rausch
- Lobivia quiabayensis Rausch
- Lobivia schieliana var. quiabayensis (Rausch) Rausch
- Echinopsis schieliana subs. leptacantha (Rausch)
- Lobivia leptacantha Rausch
- Lobivia maximiliana var. leptacantha (Rausch) Rausch
- Lobivia schieliana var. leptacantha (Rausch) Rausch
- Echinopsis schieliana var. longispina hort.
- Lobivia schieliana var. albescens Backeb.
Description: Echinopsis schieliana var. longispina is a morphological form of Echinopsis schieliana distinguished from the latter by longer white or brownish spines. The differences with other Echinopsis schieliana are in reality very minimal and the two plants are not readily distinguishable, if not for the spination. Best known as Lobivia schieliana var. longispina it is a cute prolific clumping cactus with dark reddish-green stems concealed by the spines and flowers are mostly a brilliant light-red and slender.
Habit: Plants generally forming clusters from basal branching.
Stems: Globose to cylindrical, often slender, to 4,5 cm long or more and 4-6 cm in diameter, dark reddish-green or blackish.
Ribs: 13-21 straight or somewhat spiralling 3-5 mm hight.
Areoles: 3-6 mm apart.
Spines: Creamy-white, yellowish or brownish, in age fading to grey.
Central spine: 1-4, often absent at first, similar to the radials but often darker, light brown to brown bent downward, up to 20 mm long.
Radial spines: 8-12(-14), pectinate to radiating, interlacing, light brown 2-15 mm long.
Flowers: orange-red to violet (or yellow) 3,5-4 cm in diameter floral bright; pericarpel 3-6 mm long and 3-6 mm in diameter, floral tubes slender 16-18 mm long, filaments violed red. Inner perianth segments violet-red with yellowish-orange or brownish-orange mid-stripe.
Fruit: Subglobose about 1 cm in diameter, dull-green to blackish, pulp white and juicy.
Seeds: 1,5 x 1 mm broad.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinopsis schieliana group
- Echinopsis maximiliana subs. quiabayensis (Rausch) G.D.Rowley: ( = Echinopsis schieliana )
- Echinopsis schieliana (Backeb.) D.R.Hunt: is a prolific clumper with dark reddish-green stems; spines white or brownish spidery, flowers mostly light-red and slender. Distribution: valley of Río Consata, La Paz,and adjacent Tarija.
- Echinopsis schieliana subs. leptacantha (Rausch): has straight ribs with mostly long soft spines and yellow, red or purple double sized flowers. Distribution: Paucartambo, Peru.
- Echinopsis schieliana var. longispina hort.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Edward Anderson “The Cactus family” Timber Press, Incorporated, 2001
2) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey "The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass" Cambridge University Press, 11/Aug/2011
3) David R Hunt; Nigel P Taylor; Graham Charles; International Cactaceae Systematics Group. "The New Cactus Lexicon" dh books, 2006
4) Lowry, M. 2013. Echinopsis schieliana. In: IUCN 2013. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species." Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 October 2013.
5) Friedrich Ritter "Kakteen in Südamerika: Ergebnisse meiner 20jährigen" Volume 2, Argentinien/Bolivien, Volume 2 Selbstverlag, 1980
6) Curt Backeberg “Die Cactaceae: Handbuch der Kakteenkunde,” Volume 2 G. Fischer, 1959
7) Curt Backeberg: “Descriptiones Cactearum Novarum.” 1957
8) Walter Rausch “Lobivia: The Day Flowering Echinopsidinae from a Geographical Distribution Point of View” Volumes 1-3 R. Herzig, 1975
9) Urs Eggli, Leonard E. Newton “Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names.” Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg 2010.
Lobivia schieliana var. longispina (Echinopsis schieliana var. longispina) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Cultivation and Propagation: This is a a much decorative frost hardy cactus easily found in cultivation. It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.
Soil: Use a very a particularly draining substratum, as it is very sensitive to rottenness when in presence of humidity and low temperatures and let the soil dry out between waterings, since it's natural habitat is in volcanic soil, it has adapted to more acidic conditions.
Repotting: Repot in the spring, when their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. After repotting, do not water for a week or more. Needs a large pot to accommodate a large root system.
Water: In summer, during the vegetative period, it must be regularly watered, but allowing the substratum to completely dry up before irrigating again (but do not overwater ); in winter, it’s to be kept dry. Preferable not to water on overcast days, humid days or cold winter days.
Hardiness: It is a quite frost resistant cactus, hardy to -5° C (- 10° C if very dry). However in cultivation it is better not to expose it to temperatures lower than -0° C, even if in an aerated and protected location, in order to avoid the formation of anti-aesthetic spots on the epidermis. In presence of high atmospheric humidity avoid any frost as it is particularly sensitive to root rot.
Exposure: Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun, but, as a former mountain dweller, does not care for extremely high temperatures in summer.
Use: It is suitable for small “desert” gardens, in association with other xerophytes. Where the open air cultivation is not possible due to the climate, it is to be cultivated in pot in order to shelter it in winter.
Propagation: By seeds and by cuttings, provided left drying up well, in summer.
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