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

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This rarely available Chilean cactus variety is the original litoralis locality type. Live plant.

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Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis ‘Zapallar’ | ‘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)

Freaky Cacti is pleased to offer well-rooted, seed-grown Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis, ‘Zapallar’ – the original type of this absolutely beautiful Chilean cactus.

Trichocereus chiloensis subsp. litoralis (of which we also cultivate several other varieties) is synonymous with Cereus chilensis, Cereus litoralis, Echinopsis chiloensis subsp. litoralis, Echinopsis litoralis, Trichocereus chilensis var. litoralis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. litoralis and Trichocereus litoralis. It’s also commonly called ‘Quisco’ and ‘Quisco Costero’. Litoralis is Latin for ‘coastal’, referring to this species’ native habitat of the coastal area north of the city of Valparaiso. As mentioned previously, its the species’ type locality, named for and originating from the small resort town of Zapallar, where it occurs at an altitude of between approximately nought and three-hundred-metres / nine-hundred-and-eighty-four-feet 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 / six-and-a-half-feet high and twelve centimetres / five inches in diameter. Each stem features between fifteen and twenty or so ribs, which are relatively thin for such species. The plant’s spines, growing to a maximum or roughly three-centimetres / one-inch long, 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 / four inches in diameter and about fifteen centimetres / six inches in length, blooming in the springtime. Litoralis fruit is dark green to brown, round and up to five centimetres / two inches 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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Live plant

Amount

1 rooted plant

Size

~8 cm tall

Common Name

Quisco

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