Trichocereus lamprochlorus | ‘Green Torch’ | Live plant


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The ‘Green Torch’ is only rarely available on the European collector’s circuit! Live plant.

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Trichocereus lamprochlorus | ‘Green Torch’ | Live plant

(syn. Cereus lamprochlorus, Cereus nitens, Cereus purpureopilosus, Echinocereus lamprochlora, Echinopsis lamprochlora, Echinopsis purpureopilosa, Soehrensia candicans, Trichocereus candicans, Trichocereus purpureopilosus)

We’re absolutely amazed to have this rarely-available species in our collection – welcome Trichocereus lamprochlorus – also known as the ‘Green Torch’. We sell live, well-rooted plants of this cool cactus!

Like many of its fellow Trichocereus cacti, Trichocereus lamprochlorus is or has been synonymous with a range of names, including Cereus lamprochlorus, Cereus nitens, Cereus purpureopilosus, Echinocereus lamprochlora, Echinopsis lamprochlora, Echinopsis purpureopilosa, Soehrensia candicans, Trichocereus candicans and Trichocereus purpureopilosus. It’s a beautiful, shrubby-habited columnar cactus which is reportedly widespread throughout northern Argentina and Bolivia. Growing anywhere between two-hundred and two-thousand-eight-hundred metres above sea level, this species can thrive in many places, but seems to prefer the grassy hills and rocky slopes of the Cordillera de los Andes (the longest continental mountain range on Earth).

Wonderfully glossy/waxy and coloured a lush, bright-to-deep green, lamprochlorus really is an eye-catching plant, its stems (branching from its base) reaching a maximum diameter of approximately eight centimetres, with a mature height of up to roughly two-and-a-half-metres. Each of these columns bears between nine and fifteen ribs, sprouting stiff, yellow-tan-brown spines; up to roughly three-centimetres long and rather similar to those of the related species, Trichocereus cuzcoensis. Funnel-shaped, white-to-whitish flowers are gorgeous and comparatively large (up to approximately twenty-four centimetres in length).

Besides being especially closely related to Trichocereus spachianus (the ‘Golden Torch’, which can be very similar to lamprochlorus in appearance), confusion reigns supreme with this species… it’s all a bit contentious! Essentially, over the years two plants seem to have been described and distributed under this name, resulting in many specimens labelled as lamprochlorus actually being something much more akin to Trichocereus candicans. Such plants were then named Trichocereus neolamprochlorus in order to distinguish them, but that’s no longer acceptable to many interested parties! Quoting the ever-informative German grower Patrick Noll: “One of the two plants associated with this name is a medium sized Trichocereus that pups very strongly from the base and grows in groups of many side-arms. The other one is a classical columnar cactus that grows upwards and tends to get a lot bigger than the other type. Both are totally different types of cacti, but were at some point, described as the same plant. The columnar growing type of this plant is the one that´s generally accepted as Trichocereus lamprochlorus today […] Despite the fact that the two plants […] are different types of cacti, they might still belong to the same group of plants and just be examples of different forms belonging to different populations. It is also possible that the […] smaller clumping cactus is the forum that was later described as Trichocereus purpureopilosus“. Perhaps eventually assisting in the resolution of its mystery, in 2010, Ben Kamm (of Sacred Succulents) collected lamprochlorus seed from the region of Tiataco (in Bolivia’s Cochabamba department), assigning it the collection number ‘BK10508.4’. Let’s hope some of the resulting plants make it into wider circulation too!

Growing well in USDA Hardiness Zones eight to eleven, we treat our lamprochlorus the same way as most of our other Bolivian cactus species. Plant in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (we use roughly fifty-percent perlite in ours), somewhere in full sun to partial shade. If you’re planting straight into the ground, make sure to leave two metres between each plant, to allow them ample space to grow to maturity. Avoid frosts, water only when the top few centimetres of soil become completely dry and lightly fertilise two or three times each year (during the growing season) and you’ll have the company of this fantastic species for many years to come!

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~20cm tall, ~7cm diameter

Common Name

Green Torch







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