Trichocereus chalansis Species Plant
Cactus species Trichocereus chalaensis a tall tree to shrub like cactus with several upright branches that eventually reach heights of up to 15' feet+ tall. The stems are dark green, cylindrical and have diameters of up to 5 to 6" at base eventually but average 2-1/2" to 3" when young or new growth. There are 7 to 9 broad ribs , which are transversely furrowed above the areoles. The areoles on it are in the notches. From them arise dark brown to reddish spines , which become brighter in old age. has 1-3 middle spines 1-1/4" to 2-1/4" and 5-11 radial spines 1/2" to 3/4" long, depending on the region grown. The spines can reach a maximum length of 2" to 2-3/4" long. The plant has very strong furrows, directly above the areoles. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, white and open at night-nocturnal. Long tubes up to 7 to 8" inches long on average and open to a diameter of 4" to 5". fragrant flowers. flower tube average 3/4" thick, with dark brown and black hairs, sepals are reddish to green in color and the petals are pure white. A very rare species in collections, seldom seen. Grows well in Southern California and other frost free locations.
Specimen Size: 6" tall by 2" in diameter.
Synonyms : Echinopsis chalaensis -is now the accepted botanical name for this species. Other synonyms include ; Trichocereus chalaensis, Trichocereus glaucus, Trichocereus glaucus var. pendens, Trichocereus lucernatus
Native to : Peru- Chala in the region of Arequipa.
More Info. : The specific epithet chalaensis refers to the occurrence of the species in Chala in the Peruvian region of Arequipa.Trichocereus chalaensis is common on coastal hills in the Peruvian region of Arequipa , where it often hangs from rocks.
Trichocereus chalaensis is a nocturnal flowering species and it is self-sterile. Self-sterile meaning that you need another closely related variety to act as a pollen donor in order to produce viable seed pods-fruit or seeds.
The first description of Trichocereus chalaensis was by Werner Rauh and Curt Backeberg and was published in 1957. Later in 1974 Heimo Friedrich and Gordon Douglas Rowley put this species Trichocereus chalaensis into the genus Echinopsis.
Trichocereus chalaensis is a Peruvian species that is closely related to Trichocereus glaucus.