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Islaya copiapoides Rauh & Backeb.
Accepted scientific Name: Eriosyce islayensis (Foster) Katt. 1994
Origin: E. islayensis is endemic to the northern Chile along the coast, to southern Peru (just south of Lima).
Habitat: Grows in very dry desert areas where it almost never rains and where only the occasional sea fog drift inland.
Etymology: The genus name "islayensis" derives for the occurrence in the Province of Islay, Department Arequipa, Peru. The variety name "copiapoides " comes from the resemblance of this plant to some copiapoas.
Description: E. islayensis is a small globose to cylindrical cactus with very woolly areoles end dark spreading spines, it is indeed very variable and has received many names, but it is clear from fieldworks that the different wild populations constitute a single but multiform species. The var. copiapoides has fewer spines.
Cultivation: It is a summer grower species that, like many cacti of the Peruvian deserts, present some problems in cultivation. It is in fact somewhat rot prone if kept in a non ventilated place. Require a very fast draining drying soil, water regularly in summer, but do not overwater.
Propagation: Usually propagated from Seeds. (seldom produces offsets) or by grafting onto a strong grafting stock like Selenicereus sp. Such grafted seedlings can be been successfully cultivated for years.