Trichocereus tacaquirensis | Live plant

Trichocereus tacaquirensis cacti, lovingly grown in the Spanish sunshine! Live plant.

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Trichocereus tacaquirensis | Live plant

(syn. Cereus tacaquirensis, Echinopsis tacaquirensis, Echinopsis tacaquirensis subsp. tacaquirensis)

Continually striving to expand the Freaky Cacti collection, we’re overjoyed to finally be able to offer these Trichocereus tacaquirensis cacti, lovingly grown in the Spanish sunshine! Besides the nominate species, a subspecies, Trichocereus tacaquirensis subsp. taquimbalensis, exists, which can be told apart by the fact that the nominate tacaquirensis commonly has no easily distinguishable central or radial spines, and is more havily spined in general.

A shrubby, columnar cactus hailing from Bolivia, Trichocereus tacaquirensis (syn. Cereus tacaquirensis, Echinopsis tacaquirensis, Echinopsis tacaquirensis subsp. tacaquirensis) is known to form branching clusters up to a maximum of between roughly two-and-a-half and five metres in height. Individual branches are dark-green in colour and reach approximately fifteen centimetres in diameter. Variably-ribbed, these plants rarely possess more than twenty, mostly radiating and bristle- to needle-like, straight, twisting or zig-zagging spines, which are up to eight centimetres long and coloured whitish-pinkish-brown (with a grey tinge). The flowers of Trichocereus tacaquirensis are white-to-light-pink in colour, growing to twenty-three-centimetres in length, while its dark green fruit averages around four centimetres in diameter.

The type locality of Trichocereus tacaquirensis originates from the tiny village of Tacaquira (for which it is named), in Bolivia’s Chuquisaca Department, but it’s also considered endemic to western Argentina, as well as other regions of Bolivia (for example, Chuquisaca, Potosí and Tarija). Growing in the slopes and sparse forests of the inter-Andean valleys, between two- and three-and-a-half-thousand metres above sea level, tacaquirensis is considered to be regionally abundant at the time of writing.

A comparatively slow-growing cactus species propagatable by cuttings or seed, tacaquirensis does well in a well-drained soil mix in partial shade to full sun. It’s moderately cold hardy (but don’t let it freeze!) and (apparently, we’ve yet to experience this ourselves) has a mild tendency toward sunburn. Give it enough room to grow a healthy root system and then water regularly during the growing season, tailing this off for the winter months.

Another beautiful Trichocereus cactus species!



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