Trichocereus Cactus Species: An Introductory Overview

This article aims to provide a comprehensive introductory overview of the captivating Trichocereus cactus species, acting as both an in-depth reference and informative starting point for further exploration. With approximately fifty distinct Trichocereus species recognised within this popular South American genus (depending on taxonomical perspectives), these plants offer endless fascination to all those who grow and study them.

Before we dive into the specifics of each species, it’s important to note that in 1974, Trichocereus and Lobivia were merged under the Echinopsis genus. This reclassification led to some replacement names for certain Trichocereus species, due to existing Echinopsis cactus species taking precedence. For instance, Trichocereus bridgesii became Echinopsis lageniformis because there was already an Echinopsis bridgesii. Despite these changes, many cactus enthusiasts continue referring to them by their original names as the appearance and habits of Trichocereus species are similar within this genus. Essentially, Echinopsis (in its older sense) generally features barrel-shaped or clumping cacti with various flower colours appearing during daylight hours. In contrast, Trichocereus cactus species tend to be columnar in shape and to form large, white blooms that only open at night. These nocturnal (bar a few day-blooming exceptions listed further on) flowers undoubtedly contribute greatly to the immense charm and desirability of these South American species.


Complete Species List: Trichocereus Cactus

To help you navigate this fascinating world of cacti, we present a work-in-progress list of Trichocereus cactus species based – with some exceptions – on Joël Lodé’s classification system for the genus. We highly recommend his impressive 2015 publication ‘Taxonomy of the Cactaceae‘, which also examines many other cactus species besides the Trichocereus.

While it currently serves merely as a foundation for further expansion, our resource aims to simplify identification and understanding of these remarkable columnar plants. Each entry includes key facts about its subject, allowing easy differentiation between Trichocereus and similar cactus species. For more comprehensive details on individual species (including many more synonyms!), please refer to their respective product listings throughout our website.

Given the absolute nomenclatural confusion of this genus, we recommend using your browser’s search function (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to more quickly find what you’re looking for here! For example, Trichocereus coquimbanus is included as part of the Trichocereus pectiniferus section.

Trichocereus andalgalensis (syn. Echinopsis andalgalensis)

Trichocereus andalgalensis v. rubriflorus | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Forty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Six centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow, fine, up to roughly four centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Red or yellow (dependent on variety), up to roughly eight-and-a-half centimetres long. The red-flowered form is called Trichocereus andalgalensis var. rubriflorus and the yellow is Trichocereus andalgalensis var. flaviflorus.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Near Andalgala, in Catamarca province, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus angelesiae (syn. Echinopsis angelesiae)

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  • Stem colour: Light-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One metre.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Six-and-a-half centimetres.
  • Spination: White-yellow-pink-red-brown, stiff and up to roughly two centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White, day-flowering, up to roughly twenty-four centimetres long and approximately fourteen centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Famatina, La Rioja, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus arboricola (syn. Echinopsis arboricola)

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  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One metre.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Five centimetres.
  • Spination: Ten to sixteen, fine, needle-like.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: Tarija, Bolivia, 1997.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Tends toward prostration/hanging as it matures.

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Trichocereus atacamensis (syn. Echinopsis atacamensis)

Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana | 'Cardón Grande' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Seven metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Seventy centimetres.
  • Spination: Profuse, variable in colour and up to roughly thirty centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Rose to white.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Cardón’, ‘Cardón Grande’, ‘Cardón de la Puna’, ‘Cavul’ and ‘Pasakana’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus rivierei, as well as the subspecies Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana (encompassing plants formerly described as Trichocereus eremophilus and Trichocereus pasacana).

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Trichocereus bertramianus (syn. Echinopsis bertramiana)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two-and-a-half metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Twenty-six centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-tan-yellow-white, bristly and up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Cream-white-yellow.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: La Paz, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus conaconensis and Trichocereus totorensis.

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Trichocereus bolligerianus (syn. Echinopsis bolligeriana)

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  • Stem colour: Light-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eighteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Approximately twenty, light-grey-greenish-brown and up to roughly two centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Regións IV and V, Coastal Cordillera, Chile.
  • Common names: ‘Quisco de los Acantilados’ and ‘Quisco of the Cliffs’.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis)

Trichocereus bridgesii cv. 'La Paz' | 'Bolivian Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Blue-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Twenty centimetres.
  • Spination: Up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: La Paz, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’ and ‘Huachuma’, ‘Wachuma’’.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus cabrerae (syn. Echinopsis cabrerae)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two-and-a-half metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: ?.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: La Rioja, Argentina.
  • Common names: ‘Cabrera’s Hedgehog Cactus’ and ‘Cabrera’s Sea Urchin Cactus’.
  • Notes: Believed by some to be a hybrid of natural origin; perhaps of Trichocereus strigosus and Trichocereus terscheckii. Reportedly, cabrerae flowers are used to brew a medicinal tea.

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Trichocereus camarguensis (syn. Echinopsis camarguensis)

Trichocereus camarguensis cv. 'JL' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Weak to bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eighty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Up to roughly five centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus candicans (syn. Echinopsis candicans)

Trichocereus candicans 'JO804.1' | 'Argentine Giant' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Yellowish-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Seventy centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-to-yellow and up to roughly ten centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish (although sometimes red or yellow too?).
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Argentine Giant’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus courantii, Trichocereus gladiatus and Trichocereus neolamprochlorus. It also contains Trichocereus candicans subsp. pseudocandicans, collecting plants previously called Trichocereus pseudocandicans.

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Trichocereus caulescens (syn. Echinopsis caulescens)

Trichocereus caulescens 'RH0257' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Light-to-deep-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One metre.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: White-tan-reddish-brown.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus chalaensis (syn. Echinopsis chalaensis)

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  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Five metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eighteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Dark-brown-red and up to roughly seven centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly twelve centimetres in diameter and twenty centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Chala, Arequipa, Peru, 1957.
  • Common names: ‘Chala Cactus’, ‘Chala San Pedro’ and ‘Chala’s Trichocereus’.
  • Notes: This Trichocereus cactus species is extremely rare in cultivation.

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Trichocereus chiloensis (syn. Echinopsis chiloensis)

Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkianus | 'Quisco' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eight metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-grey, fierce and up to roughly ten centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Cacto’, ‘Easter Lily Cactus’, ‘Hedgehog Cactus’, ‘Khishka’, ‘Quisco’ and ‘Sea Urchin Cactus’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus chilensis and the subspecies Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. australis, Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. eburneus, Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis (formerly Trichocereus litoralis) and Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. panhoplites.

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Trichocereus crassicaulis (syn. Echinopsis crassicaulis)

Trichocereus crassicaulis | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Up to roughly three centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Orange-red-pink.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Considered by many as somewhere along the borders of Lobivia and Trichocereus. Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus catamarcensis.

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Trichocereus cuzcoensis (syn. Echinopsis cuzcoensis)

Trichocereus cuzcoensis 'Emilio' | 'Peruvian Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Blue-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eighteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-brown-grey-white and up to roughly ten centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-to-whitish, up to roughly sixteen centimetres in diameter and eight centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Cusco, Peru.
  • Common names: ‘Peruvian Torch’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus tarmaensis.

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Trichocereus deserticolus (syn. Echinopsis fulvilana)

Trichocereus deserticolus | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Grey-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Brown-red and thin.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and comparatively small.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Antofagasta, Chile.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus fulvilanus.

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Trichocereus faundezii (syn. Echinopsis faundezii)

Trichocereus faundezii 'RCPB325.01' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Grey-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eighty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fourteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Ivory-grey and up to roughly two-and-a-half-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White (with hints of pink-magenta) and up to roughly nine centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Choapa province, Coquimbo, Chile, 2008.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus hahnianus (syn. Echinopsis hahniana)

Trichocereus hahnianus | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Bright-to-dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One metre.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Three centimetres.
  • Spination: Whitish-yellowish-brownish-red, thin and up to roughly two-and-a-half-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish-cream-tan and up to roughly twelve-centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Paraguay.
  • First collection: Paraguay.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Tends toward prostration/hanging as it matures.

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Trichocereus huascha (syn. Echinopsis huascha)

Trichocereus huascha | 'Red Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green to dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One-and-a-half-metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eight centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-to-brown and up to roughly seven centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Orange-red-yellow, up to roughly ten centimetres long and seven centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ‘Desert’s Blooming Jewel’ and ‘Red Torch’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus lobivioides and Trichocereus huascha subsp. robusta.

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Trichocereus knuthianus (syn. Echinopsis knuthiana)

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  • Stem colour: Blue-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Three metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-whitish-grey.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Tarma, Peru.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Known to form intermediates with similar species, such as Trichocereus schoenii and Trichocereus tarmaensis.

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Trichocereus lamprochlorus (syn. Echinopsis lamprochlora)

Trichocereus lamprochlorus | 'Green Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Bright-to-deep-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two-and-a-half-metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eight centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-tan-brown, stiff and up to roughly three centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly twenty-four centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Green Torch’.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus macrogonus (syn. Echinopsis macrogona)

Trichocereus macrogonus cv. 'Krunk' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Blue-to-dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Three metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-yellow and up to roughly five-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly eight centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia and Peru.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Peruvian Torch’.
  • Notes: ?.

Trichocereus macrogonus (Echinopsis macrogona) contains the species pachanoi and peruvianus as subspecies…

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Trichocereus nigripilis (syn. Echinopsis nigripilis)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): ?.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Yellow (tipped with black), rigid and up to roughly two-and-a-half-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: ?.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Quebrada Honda, Coquimbo, Chile.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus coquimbanus var. nigripilis.

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Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi)

Trichocereus pachanoi cv. 'Mallorca' | 'San Pedro' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Light-to-dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Twenty centimetres.
  • Spination: Up to roughly two-and-a-half centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish, up to roughly twenty-one centimetres in diameter and twenty-five centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green and up to roughly seven centimetres long.
  • Native to: Ecuador and Peru.
  • First collection: Chan Chan Valley, Ecuador.
  • Common names: ‘Achuma’, ‘Aguacolla’, ‘Giganton’, ‘Hahuacollay’, ‘Huachuma’, ‘San Pedro’ and ‘Wachuma’.
  • Notes: Dependent on botanical perspective, this species is now named Trichocereus macrogonus subsp. pachanoi (which also includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus santaensis and Trichocereus scopulicola).

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Trichocereus pectiniferus (syn. Echinopsis pectinifera)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eighty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-grey-green and up to roughly six centimetres long.
  • Flowers: ?.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Región IV, Coquimbo, Chile, 2008.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus coquimbanus and Trichocereus serenanus.

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Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana)

Trichocereus peruvianus f. semi-monstrosa cv. 'Pergamom' | 'Semi-Monstrose Peruvian Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Blue-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Twenty centimetres.
  • Spination: Honey-brown and up to roughly four centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Matucana, Peru.
  • Common names: ‘Blue Torch’ and ‘Peruvian Torch’.
  • Notes: Dependent on botanical perspective, this species is now named Trichocereus macrogonus subsp. peruvianus (which also includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus puquiensis, Trichocereus tacnaensis and Trichocereus torataensis).

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Trichocereus purpureopilosus (syn. Echinopsis purpureopilosa)

Trichocereus purpureopilosus cv. 'Spinky' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Glossy deep-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Sixty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Seven centimetres.
  • Spination: Ivory-yellow-gold and up to roughly one-centimetre long.
  • Flowers: White-pinkish-mauve.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Sierra de Cordoba, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus quadratiumbonatus (syn. Echinopsis quadratiumbonata)

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  • Stem colour: Deep-green-to-bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): ?.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Ivory-tan.
  • Flowers: White.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus rowleyi (syn. Echinopsis rowleyi)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Ninety centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-red-tan-yellow, needle-like and up to roughly one centimetre long.
  • Flowers: Red-orange-yellow (occasionally white) and up to roughly twenty-five-centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Private collection, Argentina.
  • Common names: ‘Red Torch’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus grandiflorus.

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Trichocereus schickendantzii (syn. Echinopsis schickendantzii)

Trichocereus schickendantzii 'KR01' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Light-to-dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Seventy-five centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eight centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow and roughly one-and-a-half-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly twenty-five centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: Tucumán, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus fabrisii, Trichocereus manguinii, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus shaferi, Trichocereus tenuispinus and Trichocereus volcanensis.

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Trichocereus schoenii (syn. Echinopsis schoenii)

Trichocereus schoenii | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): ?.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Ivory-tan-brown and up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Peru.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Considered on the same continuum as Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus peruvianus.

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Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola)

Trichocereus scopulicola 'FR991' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Four metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Minimal (up to roughly one-and-a-half-millimetres) to none.
  • Flowers: White and roughly twenty-two centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green and up to roughly six centimetres in diameter.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Tarija, Bolivia, 1959.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Believed by some to be a naturally-occurring crossbreed involving either Trichocereus bridgesii or Trichocereus pachanoi.

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Trichocereus serpentinus (syn. Echinopsis serpentina)

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  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Two-and-a-half centimetres.
  • Spination: Tan-reddish-yellow-white and roughly two centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White and up to roughly twenty-two-centimetres long and ten centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia and Peru.
  • First collection: Camata, Muñecas, La Paz, Bolivia, 2008.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Closest geographically and morphologically to Trichocereus vasquezii from Bolivia (between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz).

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Trichocereus skottsbergii (syn. Echinopsis skottsbergii)

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  • Stem colour: Grey-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fourteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Light brown to grey, bristly and up to roughly twelve centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-pink, day-blooming and up to roughly twelve centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green and ovoid.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Chile.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus skottsbergii var. breviatus.

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Trichocereus smrzianus (syn. Echinopsis smrziana)

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  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Seventy centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Sixteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-cream-whitish, thin and up to roughly three centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish, up to roughly twenty centimetres in diameter and twenty centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green, round and up to roughly five centimetres in diameter.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Chachipampa, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Reportedly grows in one place only.

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Trichocereus spachianus (syn. Echinopsis spachiana)

Trichocereus spachianus 'JL' | 'Golden Torch' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Light-to-dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Seven centimetres.
  • Spination: Grey-brown-red-yellow and up to roughly three centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly twenty centimetres in diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Golden Column’, ‘Golden Torch’, ‘Torch Cactus’ and ‘White Torch’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus santiaguensis.

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Trichocereus spinibarbis (syn. Echinopsis spinibarbis)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eighty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Six centimetres.
  • Spination: Grey (tipped with brown or black), curved, flexible and up to roughly twelve centimetres long,
  • Flowers: White and up to roughly thirteen centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Quisco’.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus strigosus (syn. Echinopsis strigosa)

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  • Stem colour: Light-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Sixty-five centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Eight centimetres.
  • Spination: White-yellow-pink-red-brown, fine and up to roughly seven centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White or yellow.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: The yellow-flowering form is called Trichocereus strigosus var. flaviflorus.

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Trichocereus tacaquirensis (syn. Echinopsis tacaquirensis)

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  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Five metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Grey-whitish-pinkish-brown, needle-like, straight, twisting or zig-zagging, and up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White to pale pink and up to twenty-three-centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: Tacaquira, Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus taquimbalensis (syn. Echinopsis taquimbalensis)

Trichocereus taquimbalensis | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two-and-a-half-metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Brown-yellow-grey, rigid and up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White to light-pink, up to roughly twenty-three-centimetres long. Unusually compared to most of its genus, the flowers appear during the day.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Taquimbala, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus tarijensis (syn. Echinopsis tarijensis)

Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco x Trichocereus rowleyi (ex. grandiflorus) | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Five metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifty centimetres.
  • Spination: Pale brown to yellowish-whitish, rigid, slightly curved and up to roughly ten centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Red-pink (occasionally white), with a diameter of roughly nine centimetres and up to roughly twelve centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green, hairy, ovoid, up to roughly three centimetres in diameter and approximately five centimetres long.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Tarija, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ‘Cardón’, ‘Crayón’, ‘Pasakana’ and ‘Poco’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus antezanae, Trichocereus herzogianus, Trichocereus herzogianus var. totorensis, Trichocereus poco, Trichocereus poco var. albiflorus and Trichocereus poco var. fricianus.

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Trichocereus terscheckii (syn. Echinopsis terscheckii)

Trichocereus terscheckii 'CS01' | 'Cardón Grande' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Fifteen metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Sixty centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow, rigid and up to roughly ten centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish, with a diameter of up to roughly fourteen centimetres in diameter and twenty-two centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina and Bolivia.
  • First collection: ?.
  • Common names: ‘Argentine Saguaro’, ‘Cardón’, ‘Cardón Grande’, ‘Cardón Santos’, ‘Golden Saguaro’, ‘South American Saguaro’ and ‘San Pedro’.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus thelegonoides (syn. Echinopsis thelegonoides)

Trichocereus thelegonoides cv. 'JL' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Six metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Yellow-brown (greying with age), thorny and up to roughly four-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly fifty centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus rubinghianus.

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Trichocereus thelegonus (syn. Echinopsis thelegona)

Trichocereus thelegonus | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Light-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Ten centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow-brown-reddish and up to roughly two-and-a-half-centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus tulhuayacensis (syn. Echinopsis tulhuayacensis)

Trichocereus tulhuayacensis 'Huancayo' | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Twelve centimetres.
  • Spination: Grey (tipped with brown) and up to roughly eight centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Pink-red, up to roughly two-and-a-half centimetres in diameter and seven centimetres long.
  • Fruit up to 4,5 cm in diameter. With lots of brown hairs.
  • Fruit: Green, hairy and up to roughly four-and-a-half-centimetres in diameter.
  • Native to: Peru.
  • First collection: Huancayo, Huachac, Peru.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus tunariensis (syn. Echinopsis tunariensis)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): ?.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: ?.
  • Flowers: Pink-red.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Cochabamba, Cercado, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus taquimbalensis var. wilkeae and Trichocereus taratensis.

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Trichocereus undulosus (syn. Echinopsis undulosa)

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  • Stem colour: Dark-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two-and-a-half metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Fifteen centimetres.
  • Spination: White-flecked-with-brown and up to roughly four centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White (with a brown midline).
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Chile.
  • First collection: Limarí, Peña Blanca, Chile, 2008.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus uyupampensis (syn. Echinopsis uyupampensis)

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  • Stem colour: Blue-green-to-light-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Two metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Thick and up to roughly six millimetres long.
  • Flowers: White and up to roughly sixteen centimetres long.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia and Peru.
  • First collection: Uyupampa, La Paz, Bolivia, 1936.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus glaucus.

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Trichocereus vasquezii (syn. Echinopsis vasquezii)

Trichocereus vasquezii | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): One-and-a-half metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Reddish-brown (greying with age), needle-like and up to roughly six centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus vatteri (syn. Echinopsis vatteri)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Sixty centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): ?.
  • Spination: Golden.
  • Flowers: Yellow-orange-red-pink.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: La Rioja, Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus vollianus (syn. Echinopsis volliana)

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  • Stem colour: Bright-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): ?.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): 10 centimetres.
  • Spination: Thin and up to roughly two-and-a-half centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly thirteen centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Green and hairy.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Arque, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus vollianus var. rubrispinus.

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Trichocereus walteri (syn. Echinopsis walteri)

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  • Stem colour: Green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Sixteen centimetres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Sixteen centimetres.
  • Spination: Yellow, flexible, needle-like and up to roughly two-and-a-half centimetres long.
  • Flowers: Yellow, day-blooming and up to roughly nine-centimetres in length and diameter.
  • Fruit: ?.
  • Native to: Argentina.
  • First collection: Argentina.
  • Common names: ?.
  • Notes: ?.

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Trichocereus werdermannianus (syn. Echinopsis werdermanniana)

Trichocereus werdermannianus cv. 'Tafira Alta’ | Live plant
  • Stem colour: Dark-green-to-blue-grey-green.
  • Mature height (approximately): Eight metres.
  • Mature diameter (approximately): Sixty-five centimetres.
  • Spination: Ivory-yellow-brown and up to roughly fifteen centimetres long.
  • Flowers: White-whitish and up to roughly twenty-two centimetres long.
  • Fruit: Hairy and up to roughly four centimetres in diameter.
  • Native to: Bolivia.
  • First collection: Charcoma Valley, Bolivia.
  • Common names: ‘Cardón’ and ‘Cardón Grande’.
  • Notes: Includes the plants formerly described as Trichocereus escayachensis.

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