Oreocereus doelzianus Backeberg Borg 1937

OLD MAN OFTHE ANDES

Morawetzia doelziana Backeberg 1936, Borzicactus doelzianus

(Backeberg) Kimnach 1960 Morawetzia sericata F. Ritter 1981

Plants bushy, freely branching basally. Stems cylindrical, olive green, to 1 m (3.3 ft) high, 6-8 cm (2.4-3.1 in) in diameter. Ribs 10-11, somewhat constricted between areoles. Areoles gray felted. Spines yellow to dark brown. Central spines 4, forming a cross, stout, to 4 cm (1.6 in) long. Radial spines 10-20, to 3 cm (1.2 in) long. Terminal cephalia with long white woolly hairs and whitish yellow bristles to 5 cm (2 in) long. Flowers borne from the cephalia, bluish carmine red, to 10 cm (3.9 in) long and 3 cm (1.2 in) in diameter. Distribution: central Peru.

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