Echinopsis terscheckii

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Echinopsis terscheckii
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Echinopsis terscheckii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactaceae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Echinopsis
Species: E. terscheckii

Echinopsis terscheckii, commonly known as the cardon grande cactus or Argentine saguaro, is a large cactus native to South America and popular in cultivation. It is a columnar, branching cactus that can grow over 7.6 metres (25 ft) tall.


Its branches are about 25 cm (9.8 in) in diameter with 8 to 14 ribs. It has large brownish areoles about 2.5 cm (0.98 in) apart with 8 to 15 yellowish spines, 8.3–10 cm (3.3–3.9 in) long. The nocturnal white flowers can grow up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long and 13–15 cm (5.1–5.9 in) wide. The round or oblong blue fruits are about 1.3 cm (0.51 in) in diameter and contain black, oval seeds approximately 0.76 mm (0.030 in) long.

Native distribution[edit]

It is native to Catamarca Province in northwest Argentina and to the western slopes of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.