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Copiapoa melanohystrix F.Ritter
Kakteen Südamerika 3: 1096. 1980
Family: CACTACEAE

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

Copiapoa melanohystrix Photo by: Flavio Agrosi
Copiapoa melanohystrix should be distinguished by its more long and stout black spines and blackish felted areoles that give the plant a very intriguing dark overall.

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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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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.

14683 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Copiapoa melanohystrix juvenile specimen. Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
28229 flavio Flavio Agrosi
Copiapoa melanohystrix Photo by: Flavio Agrosi

28310 flavio Flavio Agrosi
Copiapoa melanohystrix Photo by: Flavio Agrosi
28228 flavio Flavio Agrosi
Copiapoa melanohystrix in habitat. Photo by: Flavio Agrosi

28230 flavio Flavio Agrosi
Copiapoa melanohystrix Photo by: Flavio Agrosi
14682 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Copiapoa melanohystrix Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli


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