Echinopsis backebergii

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Echinopsis backebergii
Lobivia winteriana.jpg
E. backebergii syn. Lobivia winteriana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Echinopsis
Species: E. backebergii
Binomial name
Echinopsis backebergii

Echinopsis backebergii is a species of flowering plant in the cactus family Cactaceae, native to eastern Bolivia and southern Peru. It grows to 5 cm (2 in) tall and wide, with single or clustered globose stems 4-5 cm thick, with about 15 ribs and covered in grey-brown spines. Large, showy, carmine-red flowers are borne in summer. As the minimum temperature requirement is 10 °C (50 °F), in temperate regions it must be grown under glass with heat.[1]

Two subspecies, E. backebergii subsp. backebergii[2] and E. backebergii subsp. wrightiana,[3] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector Echinopsis backebergii subsp. backebergii AGM / RHS Gardening". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector Echinopsis backebergii subsp. wrightiana AGM / RHS Gardening". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 

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