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Trichocereus BK09509.2 – Huachuma de Chavin (cactus)


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Trichocereus BK09509.2 or ‘Huachuma de Chavin’. Collection notes: Candelabra stems to 10in. Stems to 4in diameter, dark green epidermis, new growth blushed blue. 5-7 radial spines, the downward facing ones up to 1.5in long. 1 central spine to 2.5in. New spines yellow to red-brown in color. Growing on rocky cliffs, western slopes above the north end of the modern town of Chavin, 10,600m, Ancash Dept., Peru. Looks intermediate to T. santaensis (pachanoi) and T. cuzcoensis. This is the plant that grows around the 3000 year old ruins of the temple of Chavin de Huantar, and is likely what is represented in the oldest known human artwork depicting a succulent plant in the entheogenic rock carvings present there. Seed collected by Ben Kamm on the Sacred Succulents Andean Collection expedition.

Care and Cultivation

Trichocereus BK09509.2 likes a well drained potting mix, similar to what is used for most plants. Once established, Trichocereus species can be watered most of the year in all climates. Like most cacti, they are also extremely drought tolerant. Fertilise regularly over the warmer months, fish emulsion and seaweed are excellent for these cacti.

1 cactus seedling, 70-120mm tall


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