Lobivia cachensis Spegazzini

Echinopsis cachensis Spegazzini, Anal. Mus. Nac. Buenos Aires III. 4: 493. 1905.

Stems simple or tufted, 9 cm. high, 6.5 cm. in diameter; ribs about 19, about 5 mm. high; spines soft, hardly pungent, grayish, with yellowish tips; radial spines 7 to 20, straight, 4 to 5 mm.

long; central spines 4, 1 or 2 of them longer and hooked; flowers inodorous, 6 to 7 cm. long; inner perianth-segments linear-lanceolate, red; filaments dark purple; style yellowish; stigma-lobes 10, yellowish white, linear.

Type locality: Near Cachi, Argentina.

Distribution: In the high mountains of Salta, Argentina, altitude 2,500 meters. We know the plant only from a photograph and the original description. Spegazzini also gives the name Echinocactus cachensis (Anal. Mus. Nac. Buenos Aires III. 4: 493. 1905), but does not formally publish it.

Figure 68 is from a photograph contributed by Dr. Spegazzini.

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