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Copiapoa griseoviolacea I.Schaub & Keim
Cactus & Co. 14(4): 10 (5-15, figs.). 2011 [2010 publ. Feb 2011]

Copiapoa griseoviolacea Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli


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

  • Copiapoa bridgesii (Pfeiff.) Backeb.: has very spiny, cylindrical stems. Its relationship with Copiapoa echinoides is unclear. It is probably a good species rather than a variety of C. echinoides. Distribution: North of Chanaral, Atacama, Chile.
  • Copiapoa cupreata (Poselg. ex Rümpler) Backeb.
  • Copiapoa dura F.Ritter: Solitary, or forming dense clumps. The stem is firm, dark tannish-green to very dark-purple and woolly apically. The spines are very strong maroon-reddish to pure black, straight or (usually) somewhat curved upward.
  • Copiapoa echinoides (Lem.) Britton ex Rose in Britton & Rose: small growing plant with dark purplish-brown stem and thick curved amber-maroon to black spines. This appears to be a very variable species.
  • Copiapoa echinoides var. cuprea (F.Ritter) A.E.Hoffm.: Stems dull green to dark coppery-brown and woolly apically spines, stout bwown to black, straight to somewhat curved upward.
  • Copiapoa griseoviolacea I.Schaub & Keim: has a dark farinose violet-grey epidermis and a dense spine covering. Distribution: south of the Huasco river.

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Copiapoa griseoviolacea Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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