Lobivia shaferi is a very spiny clustering species with many basal and lateral offshoot.
No cultivation difficulties! Delicate golden flowers!
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Lobivia aurea var. shaferi
(often mispelled "schaferii")
Accepted Scientific name: Echinopsis aurea Britton & Rose
Origin: Prov. Mizque, dept. Cochabamba (Bolivia)
Habitat: Grows in dry hillside thickets often in firm leaf-mould among shrubs. Altitude 2300-3000 m.
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
Common Name: Golden Easter Lily Cactus
Etymology: Named in honour of J. A. Schafer cactus collector who helped Britton and Rose in their trip at the research of cacti at the beginning of 20th century.
Lobivia aurea var. shaferii
Description: Lobivia shaferi is a clustering species with many basal and lateral offshoots and huge yellow flower. It is very spiny and produces large pale yellow flowers.
Stems: Dark green to greys-green globular, becoming cylindric reaching a height 5-15 cm and a diameter of 2 - 4 cm or more.
Ribs: About 10 very low, laterally compressed.
Areoles: Closely set often brown on young plants.
Radial spines: 6 to 15 about 1-1,5 cm long, rigid, acicular, pointing outward white to brown.
Central spines: Several (usually 4), thicker, sometimes flat, about 3 cm long, and brown to black with yellow tips, one often stouter than the other.
Flowers: 4-6 (or more) cm long. They are pale-yellow to bright lemon-yellow. Buds are very hairy covered by long silky hairs and grow laterally from the centre of the stem. The tube is slightly curved, funnel-shaped, slender and a greenish white, with liner to ovate-linear scales often red at the base, with white and black down. Style greenish white, stigma cream coloured (rarely greenish).
Blooming season: Blooms in flushes in late spring and occasionally in summer. The flower lasts one or two days only.
Fruit: Orangish, dehishent with white pulp.
Seeds: Black, rugose, about 1,5 mm in diameter.
Cultivation: It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties. Water regularly in summer (but do not over water it) It is rot prone and should be planted in a shallow pot. As most Echinopsis cultivated for their blossom, it needs a soil mixture a little richer than the average cactus with still an excellent drainage, keep rather dry in winter.
It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to -5°(-18°) C Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, offsets (if available)