Espostoa lanata

Espostoa lanata

Description: This cactus was named after the Peruvian botanist Nicholas Espostoa. It is a “tree-like” cactus that forms branches in the upper part. It reaches 1.5-1.7 m in height, the trunk reaches 1 m in height and 20 cm in diameter. The “branches” are spread or ascending. They are several meters long and have a diameter of 6 to 10 cm.
The 18-25 ribs are 5-8mm high, rounded and separated by straight furrows. The areoles are oval, 7-10 mm apart, they are covered with numerous hairs and thorns. The middle spine becomes 2-5 cm long, it can also be missing. 30-40 marginal spines are reddish or yellow-brown, later they turn gray. They will be 3-8 mm long. The flowers appear from the up to 1 m long and 4-5 ribs cephalium. The thorns and wool are brown or gray and make an interesting contrast to the pure white thorns. The flowers are funnel-shaped. They measure 5.5 cm in length and 3.5 cm in diameter. They are white to purple. The ovary is covered with small scales and long hair. The fruits are almost spherical, they measure 2.5 cm in length and just as much diameter, they are purple-red. They are edible, very sweet and juicy. The seeds are very small, shiny, black. The woolly hairs are used in Peru for pillows. This plant is native to southern Ecuador and northern Peru, where it lives mainly on the western slopes of the Andes.

Care: The site is very sunny. The earth permeable. During the growing season, it should be poured moderately, so that the soil dries well before the next watering. Keep dry in winter and store at 10 ° C.

Propagation: Only by sowing seeds.

Diseases and pests: Root lice. If too much water is given, root rot can occur.