Eulychnia breviflora Philippi i860


Cereus longispinus Salm-Dyck 1845, Eulychnia longispina (SalmDyck) F. Ritter 1965 Eulychnia procumbens Backeberg 1963, not validly published Eulychnia aricensis F. Ritter 1964 Eulychnia saint-pieana F. Ritter 1964 Eulychnia barquitensis F. Ritter 1980

Plants treelike, 3-7 m (9.8-23 ft) high, much branched from below, often with well-developed short trunks. Stems nearly erect, 8-11 cm (3.1-4.3 in) in diameter, gray or dark green. Ribs 10-17, somewhat tuberculate, sometimes furrowed between areoles. Areoles close set, with heavy wool and hairs. Spines 10-30, often poorly differentiated as centrals and ra-

Eulychnia acida, photograph by Urs Eggli; rain sticks made from E. acida illustrated on page 71

dials, brownish, becoming gray with age. Central spines 1-2, erect, stout, 10-20 cm (3.9-7.9 in) long. Radial spines 10-20, to 1.8 cm (0.7 in) long, diverging. Flowers white or pale rose, 5-7 cm (2-2.8 in) long; areoles of floral tubes and peri-carpels without stiff bristles. Fruits globose, fleshy, acid, 5-6 cm (2-2.4 in) in diameter. Distribution: along the coast of northern Chile.

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