Trichocereus uyupampensis | Live plant

One of the rarest Trichocereus species in our collection! Live plant.

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Trichocereus uyupampensis | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis glauca, Echinopsis uyupampensis, Trichocereus glauca)

Continuing with our quest to acquire, then share, as many types of Trichocereus as possible, we’re genuinely astounded to finally have some Trichocereus uyupampensis in our collection! Available as live, well-rooted plants.

First described by Curt Backeburg, in 1936, Trichocereus uyupampensis (synonymous with Echinopsis glauca, Echinopsis uyupampensis and Trichocereus glauca) is native to parts of Bolivia and Peru. Uyupampensis is a branching to shrubby, columnar cactus species which often tends towards laying down or hanging (dependent on where it’s growing). Its stems, up to roughly two metres tall/long and a maximum of approximately three centimetres in diameter, usually feature nine – comparatively shallow – flat ribs. Eight-to-ten spines (roughly 0.2-0.6mm in length and approximately six-millimetres thick) grow from each areole. Such spines grow pointing both upward and downward, thickening noticeably toward their base. White, funnel-shaped flowers are recorded as up to sixteen centimetres in length.

For reference, this plant was first described growing at three-thousand-metres above sea level, around the Peruvian hamlet of Uyupampa, La Paz. Can you guess how it came to have its botanical name? For those who aren’t aware, La Paz is also the type locality region of the apparently closely-related Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Bolivian Torch’), which is often extremely similar in appearance to uyupampensis.

For lack of any other advice (nor obvious signals from the plants themselves), we grow this one as we do our Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and bridgesii, etc. Plant in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (we use approximately fifty-percent perlite in ours, mixed with potting soil), somewhere in full sun to partial shade. Water only as the top few centimetres of soil dries out completely, and then only moderately. Lightly fertilise two or three times a year – during the warmer growing season – and avoid frost (especially extended periods).



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