Echinopsis scopulicola

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Echinopsis scopulicola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Echinopsis
Species: E. scopulicola
Binomial name
Echinopsis scopulicola
(F.Ritter) Mottram

Echinopsis scopulicola is a type of cactus native to Bolivia, which contains psychedelic compounds. Many claim this species contains mescaline, which was until recently unconfirmed due to the lack of official research, but a study published in July 2010 by the International Society for Ethnopharmacology placed it in the top third of the results for their samples. This included 14 taxa/cultivars of the subgenus Trichocereus of the genus Echinopsis, with Scopulicola noted to contain 0.82% mescaline/dry weight in the outer green layer.


This cactus is synonymous with Trichocereus scopulicola, and its scientific name is Echinopsis scopulicola.

Plant Description[edit]

This cactus grows 3–4 meters tall, and 8–10 cm in diameter, and is also noted for its unusually short spines. It readily forms hybrids with another Bolivian species, Trichocereus bridgesii.