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  Lobivia famatimensis form FR457
(Syn: Reicheocactus pseudoreicheanus)
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Lobivia famatimensis FR459 Sierra Famatima La Rioja  Argentina
 

Description: Lobivia famatimensis is a variable small species, which shows differences either in stem shape and size, spines and flowers colours. It is usually solitary or slowly clumping and slow growing.
Stems: Globular, oval, elongated to cylindrical 1 to 7(-15) cm tall in height and 2 to 6 cm in diameter. The stem apex is strongly depressed. The epidermis is grey-green, dull-green, olive-green or brownish-grey and is often tinged purple in bright light.
Ribs: 24 to 40 low, cross-furrowed and forming about 12-18 small hemispherical tubercles 0,5-1,5 mm tall and up to 3 mm in diameter.
Areoles: Oblong, brownish.
Spines: No central spine. The 7 to 9(-12) radials are flattened against the body, curved, more or less pectianted, almost hyaline, whitish, greyish, yellowish, amber or brownish with dark bases. 1 to 3(-5) mm long.
Root: Big, conical, tap root.
Flowers: Short funnel-shaped, out of woolly greyish-brown buds near the top of the plant. They are pearly-yellow, yellow orange to dull-red (but pink or red or even white flowers occur amongst the varieties) The flower tube is short and very woolly. The flowers are to 3 to 4 cm long, 3 to 5 cm in diameter.
Blooming season: The flowers, not so readily produced as in many Lobivia species,
appear in early summer, shortlived. (They last about 2 to 3 days)
Seeds: Ovoidal, black up to 1,5 mm in diameter.

Lobivia famatimensis form FR459 (a.k.a. Reicheocactus pseudoriecheanus) This is one of the most beautiful and distictive form of this variable specie. The stems are small flattened to roundish with very short reddish-brown spidery-pectinate spines and egg-yellow flowers.
 

Lobivia famatimensis FR459

Lobivia famatimensis FR459

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Lobivia famatimensis FR459 (adult specimen)

Lobivia famatimensis FR459 (juvenile specimen)

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Lobivia famatimensis FR459

Lobivia famatimensis FR459

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Lobivia famatimensis FR459

Lobivia famatimensis FR459


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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Lobivia famatimensis (Speg.) Britton & Rose 1923

Origin Native to mountainous Argentina in the Sierras de Famatina and nearby high mountain of the zone including San Juan. at elevations of 2500-3000 m ASL.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms: Reicheocactus pseudoreicheanus

Etymology: The name "famatimensis" comes from the Sierra Famatina in Argentina from which the species is native.

Synonyms:

  • Echinocactus famatimensis Speg. 1921
  • Rebutia famatimensis (Speg.) Speg. ex Hosseus 1926
  • Echinopsis famatimensis (Speg.) Werderm. 1931

Heterotypic synonyms:

  • Lobivia pectinifera Wessner ex Fritzen 1940
  • Echinopsis densispina var. pectinifera (Wessner ex Fritzen) G.Lambert 1998
  • Reicheocactus pseudoreicheanus Backeb. 1942

 

 

 

Cultivation: Very slow growing. The Lobivia famatimensis  have a thick taproot and are susceptible to over-watering.  Sometimes they are grafted to avoid root rot problems. Suited for sunny-bright exposure; they can tolerate light shade.  They like warmth (recommended minimum winter temperature 5 C).  But plant kept perfectly dry can easily survive in winter night temperatures below 0 C (In our greenhouse there was no damage at -10 C for a few hours in the winter of 2002-2003 ) They prefer airy exposures.  Water regularly in summer, but do not overwater, it prefer a completely dry place during winter. Suited for sunny-brightly exposure; can tolerate light shade.
Pests & diseases:   L. famatimensis
is especially prone to rot, therefore, underpot in a smaller but deep pot filled with a highly gritty compost and much drainage, to accommodate its tap root

Propagation: Seeds or graft.  Seedlings of the var. bonnieae grow faster than other Lobivia famatimensis. Seeds can be sown in the spring or summer. The seedlings should not be disturbed until they are well rooted, after which they can be planted separately in small pots.



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