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Eriosyce aurata (Pfeiff.) Backeb. var. aurata

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Eriosyce >
  3. Family: Cactaceae

Place of Publication

Cact. J. (London) 5(1): 9 Fig. 2. (1936b)

Synonyms

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Conservation status

  • Least Concern

Habit

Forms large and very spiny barrel-like bodies which become columnar when mature and can reach over 90 cm high.

Regions

Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso and Metropolitana

Habitat

Desert, Coastal desert, Mountain ranges and Andean cordilleras

Distribution and habitat

Found from Region Atacama to Metropolitana, at elevations of 100 to 3000 meters above sea-level. It grows amongst desert scrub and sclerophyllous vegetation often on rocky north-facing slopes in the Coastal Cordillera and the Andes.

Notes

Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.

References

  • Backeberg (1936b)

    Backeberg, C 1936b. Rare visitors from South America. The Cactus Journal 5(1): 1-20