Newly described with thin cylindrical body.
Field number: FK96
Locality: (Kuhas) Fiambla, Rioja, Prov. Catamarca, Argentina
A beautiful photo from Brigitte Pelloux (France)
Notes: Related to
L. famatimensis, clearly distinguished from it by the narrow
neck that separates the large tuberous roots from the stem
an for the tall cylindrical stem.
The stem is cylindrical
Stigma are yellow, with a red contrasting stylus.
Janeba 99061503, Deposited in Prague
Hogan & Janeba
Original description : Halda, Hogan & Janeba under Halda & Horácek,
New descriptions and combinations, Acta Mus. Richnov, Sect. Natur. 6(3): 234
Distribution: Argentina, Prov. of Catamarca:
Tinogasta, in the mountains around the Fiambalá valley, in the
Sierra de Fiambalá and in the Sierra de Narváez.
Habitat: Grows along
with a very sparse vegetation of
geometricus, Cumulopuntia sp.,
Maihueniopsis sp. and Opuntia
on gravel slopes, in a very drained
and arid soil (composed of clay, sand and stones) at 1700 - 2.400 m
Conservation status: Listed in CITES Appendix
"Lobivia" is an anagram of Bolivia,
which is the main centre of distribution of this plant.
species name "famatimensis" derives from the "Sierra de Famatima"
(LA RIOJA in Argentina) to which the species is native.
variety name "bonnieae"
derives from the
one of the
(moreover "bonnie" means beautiful).
Halda, Hogan & Janeba spec. nov.
(Halda & Horacek, 1999)
famatimensis v. catamarcensis
- Echinopsis bonnieae (Halda, Hogan & Janeba) Halda & Malina
usually not branched,
with a constant diameter
separated from the roots by a narrow
collar. 10(-40) cm
height, diameter 1,5-2,5cm. The apex
is depressed. The stems can be
deciduous in the dry season,
is usual for the genus
Areoles : On small tubercles, arranged in about 30 spiral
lines whit short white hairs.
pectinate pink-brown that turn grey, 1-1,5mm long.
10-15cm long, up to 5-15 mm
are bronze, diameter and height:
2,5 (-4) cm. Blooming time: May.
Stigma yellow with
1,2-1, 8cm long, 0,6-1,1
cm in diameter, dark violet,
dehiscent. Covered by hairy scales.
Seeds: Seed black, up to 400 per fruit.
The flowers are really shine!
Two apparently similar
L. bonniae and
An example of
evolutionary convergence ?
Very slow growing.
The Lobivia famatimensis have a thick
taproot and are
Sometimes they are
grafted to avoid
rot problems. Suited for
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
L. famatimensis is especially
prone to rot, therefore,
in a smaller but deep pot filled with a
highly gritty compost and much
drainage, to accommodate its
Propagation: Seeds or
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.
Photo of conspecific
varieties, forms and cultivars of Lobivia (Echinopsis maximiliana):