A common plant but nice looking when it flowers...
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Very nice Steve! Isn't this one of those that has undergone several name changes or lumping?
Yeah, used to be known as Chamaecereus sylvestrii, Cereus silvestrii, Lobivia silvestrii. Just looked on Desert Tropicals and it is listed as Echinopsis. I don't bother to change my labels for many years until names have been settled or are common usage.
Ha! How funny! I've got mine labeled as Chamacereus. Personally, I don't care for the Echinopsis name. To me, those are much larger in stature and it just doesn't seem right to call something so petite an Echinopsis. I know size has nothing to do with it, but still. What can I say, I'm a stubborn Scot!
G'day Steve, this plant would have to be one of the most commonly grown cactus plants (at least down here, but I never tire of it, and I kind of agree with you Amy, I'd rather see it under it's original name for similar reasons. Because of these constant name changes, I like to record the "old names" on my tags as well, as a means of keeping tabs on what really is what.
BTW, one of the old ladies where I work gave me a nice clump of Chamaecereus silvestrii only yesterday, it's growing in a dog!.. not a real dog, a crockery dog! she considered that she's unable to care for it any more, and made me promise to care for it... how could I knock back an offer like that?. :)
I'll post a pic of it soon
Very nice looking plant and flowers.
CP, you sure do get plants in the oddest ways! Please be sure to post a pic of the dog planter!
LOL! yes Amy, I guess I do... Working in a nursing home sort of helps lots of old folk come here and invariably bring some of their potted plants with them, they generously offer cuttings/plants to anyone who shows an interest.
I like these too and their hybrids.
I prefer to keep it under the name of chamaecereus silvestrii and the hybrids are known as chamaelobivia because they are chams crossed with various lobivias. Tough plants these are too. I've seen a load of cham silvestrii growing in a shallow tray sit outside all winter here in the UK with all our frosts, some snow and loads of rain and high humidity next to cold temps....and it survived, haha. Our winters aren't the coldest these days but the humidity and amount of rain we get during the cold temps would finish most cacti off in no time.
The big lumping into Echinopsis has one really good side-effect: all the complicated inter-generic hybrids are suddenly just hybrid Echinopsis :)
Toni-Marie, you might want to try some other Lobivia outdoors in winter, quite a few of them are really tough.
Does everyone have their order in for the New Cactus Lexicon? Maybe David Hunt watches this forum and can clue us in as to what new name this beauty will have next year.