Eriosyce Philippi (1872)

(Ceratistes, Chilenia, Chileniopsis, Chilenorebutia, Delaetia, Friesia, Horridocactus, Hildmannia, Islaya, Neochilenia, Neoporteria,
Pyrrhocactus, Rimacactus, Rodentiophila, Thelocephala)
(Greek "erion" = wool; Greek "sykon" = fig)
wooly figs
because of its wooly fruits
large globular, in age columnar, apex wooly; ribs usually more then 20, the quatitiy increases in age
to 20 spines, subulate, thick, gray, yellow or blackish
flowers ca. 1.4 in (3.6 cm) long, in reddish colors
fruits ca. 1.6 in (4 cm) long
seeds ovoid- to cap-shaped, black

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Peru, Chile, Argentina
both side of the Andes
fog zones, coastal ranges and mountain ranges

Growth period

during the summer partial shade to full sun exposure, warm location
a short dry rest is recommended during the hottest month
continuous ventilation and air movement is important
watering only after the soil is completly dried, then penetrating
the thick taproot tends to rot by over-watering

Winter period

very bright and dry at a minimum of 42–46°F (6–8°C)
high humidity it to avoid


minerally, gravelly and very permeable to water
addition of pumice and quartz gravel is recommended
Eriosyce occulta Kattermann (1994)
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Antofagasta - region of Taltal,
Copiapó to Cobre


0.5–1 in (1,3–2,5 cm) Ø, yellow-brownish to blackish
ribs 8–10, tubercular
areoles hardly felted
spines black, in age gray

to 10 radial spines, only to 4 mm long, the lowermost to 8 mm long
1 central spine, to 0.7 in (1.7 cm) long
flowers 1 in (2.5 cm) long, pale golden-yellow, white felted


CITES Appendix II

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