Chamaecereus Britton & Rose (1922)

lower Cereus, monotypic genus
dwarf columnar cactus, strong scions, weich, shoots fast breaking
ribs few, flat
spines like bristles, soft, white
flowers diminutive, funnel shaped, red
fruits small, globular; seeds matte black

Highslide JS


north Argentinia - Tucuman, Salta
in 2500 to 3500 m (8200–11483 ft) altitude
savannas and sparse forests

Growth period

half to full sun and warm
plenty of watering and well fertilize
a very undemanding species

Winter period

bright and very cool 5°C (41°F) to maximum 8°C (46°F)
at very cold and dry winter period, flower the plants very rich


humus-rich, easy and nutritious
Chamaecereus silvestrii (C. Spegazzini) Britton & Rose (1922)
Highslide JS
  Highslide JS   Highslide JS


Tucuman, Salta - in 2500–3500 m (8200–11483 ft) altitude
savannas and sparse forests


named after Dr. Ph. Silvestri
small, to 6 cm (2.4 in) tall, forming cluster, light green
ribs 6–9
areoles bristles small, soft, white
flowers about 4 cm (1.6 in) long, short hair on the calyx, scarlet


Cereus silvestrii C. Spegazzini (1905)
Lobivia silvestrii
(C. Spegazzini) G. D. Rowley (1967)
Echinopsis chamecereus H. Friedrich & Glaetzle (1983)


Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.