Eulychnia castanea Philippi 1864

COPAO DE PHILIPPI

Cereus castaneus (Philippi) K. Schumann 1903, Philippicereus casta-neus (Philippi) Backeberg 1942

Plants shrubby, to 1 m (3.3 ft) high, forming large, dense clumps to 20 m (66 ft) wide. Stems cylindrical, green, 1-2 m (3.3-6.6 ft) long, 6-8 cm (2.4-3.1 in) in diameter. Ribs 8-13. Areoles covered with dark gray felt. Spines yellow to brown,

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Eulychnia breviflora, photograph by Urs Eggli

Eulychnia castanea, photograph by Urs Eggli

Eulychnia castanea, photograph by Urs Eggli

324 Eulychnia castanea straight. Central spines 1-2, stout, 3-10 cm (1.2-3.9 in) long. Radial spines 6-10, 0.5-2 cm (0.2-0.8 in) long. Flowers borne laterally near the stem tips, white, 5-5.5 cm (2-2.2 in) long; floral tubes and pericarpels with stiff brownish bristles and brown felt. Fruits globose, yellow, covered with spines. Distribution: along the coastline from Los Molles north to Talinay, Coquimbo, Chile.

Eulychnia iquiquensis (K. Schumann) Britton & Rose 1920 Cereus iquiquensis K. Schumann 1904 Eulychnia morromorenoensis F. Ritter 1980

Plants treelike, branching near the base, 2-7 m (6.6-23 ft) high with short trunks. Stems erect, sometimes branching above, robust. Ribs 12-15, somewhat tuberculate. Areoles with short, white wool. Spines 10-20, not differentiated as centrals and radials, variable, erect, 2-12 cm (0.8-4.7 in)

long. Flowers borne near the stem tips, white, 5.5-6.5 cm (2.2-2.6 in) long. Fruits globose, 5-6 cm (2-2.4 in) in diameter. Distribution: vicinity of Iquique, Tarapacä, Chile.

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