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Oreocereus leucotrichus
Scientific Name: Oreocereus leucotrichus (R.Phil.) Wagenkn.
Synonym: Cereus hendriksenianus, Oreocereus hendriksenianus, Borzicactus hendriksenianus, Echinocactus leucotrichus, Arequipa leucotricha, Borzicactus leucotrichus
Family: Cactaceae
Oreocereus  leucotrichus
Borzicactus hendriksenianus at the HBG (HBG 18974, FR177)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9a-11

Frost Tolerance: 20F (-7C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Need protection from the afternoon sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northern Chile, southern and central Peru

Growth Habits: Columnar cactus, greyish green stems, up to 4 feet tall (1 m), 4 inches thick (10 cm); 20 ribs; 3 to 4 central spines, 8-12 radials

Watering Needs: Light water, rot easily in winter

Propagation: Seeds

Another picture of the same plant at the HBG

Oreocereus  leucotrichus

Blooming Habits:
Diurnal red flowers in summer, up to 3 inches long (7.5 cm), 1.2 inches in diameter (3 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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