Trichocereus santaensis ‘Chapra’ | ‘Lapitog’ | Live plant

‘Chapra’ is a great santaensis variety from Peru. Live plant.

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Trichocereus santaensis ‘Chapra’ | ‘Lapitog’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis santaensis)

We’re very happy to offer this Peruvian Trichocereus santaensis ‘Chapra’ variety, which we sell as live, rooted plants. We don’t know much regarding the background of this genetic line, although assume it’s named in honour of the indigenous Chapra (also written as Chapara and Shapra) community of the Western Amazon Basin.

Trichocereus santaensis (syn. Echinopsis santaensis) is a sparsely-researched, yet truly beautiful, cactus species, originally found in the Santa Valley (for which it’s named), in Peru’s Ancash region. It’s reportedly known by the informal name ‘Lapitog’ (at least in some parts of Ancash) and occurs naturally at an altitude of between two thousand eight hundred to three thousand metres.

Santaensis is a variable, columnar species that reaches roughly five metres tall once mature, growing grey-green-blue, branching upright stems of around fifteen centimetres in diameter from its base. The plant is usually covered with brown-red-yellow spines, approximately two to five centimetres in length, although some almost spineless forms are known to exist too. Its fantastic, white-whitish flowers can be as large as twenty-two centimetres across and are similar in appearance to related species, such as Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’).

While relatively rare as a live plant on the commercial market, it can sometimes be found being sold labelled as Trichocereus pachanoi. Recognised and semi-recognised species which are often said to be closely-related to or interbred or synonymous with Trichocereus santaensis include Trichocereus huanucoensis, Trichocereus pachanoi (especially those found around Huaraz) and Trichocereus pallarensis. The species is also often confused with Trichocereus cuzcoensis, with which some santaensis forms can be quite similar in appearance.

As are most of the Trichocereus genus, santaensis is an easy and rewarding cactus to cultivate, either outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11 or indoors. Plant it in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil; when planting in the ground, make sure to leave them at least ninety centimetres apart, so that they have ample room to grow. Provide your cacti with a growing position in full sun or full sun to partial shade, watering (only when the top few centimetres of soil are dry) and fertilising as needed.

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