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Eulychnia taltalensis (F. Ritter) Hoxey

Place of Publication

Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 83(4): 169 (2011)



  • Hoxey & Klaassen (2011)

    Hoxey, P. and Klaassen, P. 2011. Two New Combinations in the genus Eulychnia (Cactaceae). Cactus and Succulent Journal, 83(4):169-175


  • Hoxey & Klaassen (2011): 1-7




Desert and Desert fog oases (Lomas)

Distribution and habitat

Limited to a 100 km stretch of coast from Caleta Botija to Taltal where it grows on mountain ridges overlooking the coast from almost sea level to 1200 m (Hoxey & Klaassen, 2011).


  • Hoxey & Klaassen (2011)


Erect and freely branching from the base and usually without a trunk. 3-5 m tall.

Key characteristics

Considered to be closely related to E. iquiquensis. A unique character of E. taltalensis is the distinct arrangement of spines between juvenile and mature flowering stems. Juvenile growth has much stronger spines which in mature stems become much weaker and more flexible, sometimes hair-like. The dark brown felted areoles (without wool or hair) and the dark brown wool on the flower tube and fruit are further differences (Hoxey & Klaassen, 2011).