Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis | ‘Quisco Costero’ | Live plant

Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis, grown from seed. Live plant.

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Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis | ‘Quisco’, ‘Quisco Costero’ | Live plant

(syn. Cereus chilensis, Cereus litoralis, Echinopsis chiloensis subsp. litoralis, Echinopsis litoralis, Trichocereus chilensis var. litoralis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. litoralis, Trichocereus litoralis)

This listing is for seed-grown Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis, available here as healthy and well-rooted plants!

Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis (synonymous with Cereus chilensis, Cereus litoralis, Echinopsis chiloensis subsp. litoralis, Echinopsis litoralis, Trichocereus chilensis var. litoralis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. litoralis and Trichocereus litoralis) is known informally by names including ‘Quisco’ and ‘Quisco Costero’. The species name litoralis is Latin for ‘coastal’, referring to its natural habitat along the coast north of the city of Valparaiso, in Chile. Its type locality is the small resort town of Zapallar (again north of Valparaiso), at between zero and three-hundred-metres above sea level.

Litoralis differs from standard Trichocereus chiloensis by being a shrubby, arching or erect cactus (branching from its base) with shorter, thinner and more flexible spination. It’s a cylindrically-stemmed, grey to green-coloured cactus which reaches up to roughly two metres high and twelve centimetres in diameter. Each stem features between fifteen to twenty or so ribs, which are relatively thin for such species. The plant’s spines, growing to a maximum or roughly three-centimetres in length, are initially coloured yellow-tan-brown, later turning more grey in hue. Large, solitary white-to-whitish-cream flowers – very similar to those of standard chiloensis – are up to ten centimetres in diameter and about fifteen centimetres in length, blooming in the springtime. Litoralis fruit is dark green to brown, round and up to five centimetres in diameter.

This is yet another Trichocereus which some consider to be its own species (Trichocereus litoralis); others, a chiloensis subspecies (as we’ve listed it here). It’s also believed to be an extremely close relative of Trichocereus skottsbergii, which is another cactus arguably better described as one of several subspecies of chiloensis… Growing well in USDA Hardiness Zones eight to eleven, this cactus likes to grow in full sun, in a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline, well-drained soil mix (we use equal parts perlite and potting soil). Water as the top layer of soil dries out and lightly fertilise two or three times during the growing season, tailing off this and watering so the cacti can go dormant over the winter months.



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Quisco

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