Trichocereus faundezii ‘RCPB325.01’ | Live plant

Trichocereus faundezii is a recently-described Chilean cactus species! Live plant.

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Trichocereus faundezii ‘RCPB325.01’ | Live plant

We’re amazed to have this ultra-rare Trichocereus faundezii ‘RCPB325.01’ locality type in our collection – collected by a French team in 2013, from Coqumibo, Chile, at two-hundred-and-sixty-five metres above sea level. Like Trichocereus bolligerianus and Trichocereus undulosus, this is a recently described Chilean Trichocereus species, first published by Sofia Albesiano in 2012. We have limited stock of this as live, well-rooted plants.

Trichocereus faundezii is named in honour of Luis Faúndez, a Chilean botanist who accompanied Albesiano and her collaborators during the course of their field research, who first discovered the type species in 2008, in Choapa province, Coquimbo. Growing up to around eighty centimetres in height, this grey-green cactus species has a caespitose habit, tending toward arching and/or creeping branching. Stems reach up to fourteen centimetres in diameter and are covered with ivory-grey spines, up to two-and-a-half-centimetres in length. Flowers grow up to roughly nine centimetres in diameter, coloured white with tinges of pink-magenta.

While often rather similar in various aspects to its near relatives, this species is distinguishable from Trichocereus glaucus and Trichocereus spinibarbis by the angle of its spination. Further differences between faundezii and spinibarbis include branch diameter (spinibarbis is thinner), number, width and type of ribs (spinibarbis has fewer, thinner ribs and none are tuberculate) and length of spines (those of spinibarbis grow to ten centimetres!).

We treat this Trichocereus faundezii similarly to other slower-growing, related species, such as Trichocereus pasacana and Trichocereus terscheckii. Plant in a well-drained, mildly alkaline to mildly acidic soil mix (we use up to fifty-percent vermiculite in ours), preferably in full sun, watering only as the top layer of soil becomes completely dry to the touch. Fertilise two to three times each year for maximum growth – but don’t overdo it, or else you’ll damage your precious plants!

This is a great opportunity to be among the first to grow a novel Trichocereus species, if that’s your thing…



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