Lophocereus (A. Berger) Britton & Rose (1909)

(Greek lophos = crest and obviously refers to the long bristly spines,
especially those towards to the tips of the stems, Latin cereus = 
waxy, candle)
because of the appearing pseudocephalium at blooming plants

straight, not too tall, branching at the base; spines different
flowers small, funnel shaped, outside slightly scaled, opens nights, occasionally multiple at one areole
fruits bare, red berries; seeds small, shiny black

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USA - Arizona
Mexico - Baja California, Sonora, Sinola
warm steppes

Growth period

light, sunny, preferably airy but warm location
somewhat sensitive against to much water, therefore sparsely watering

Winter period

light and dry at 50–53 F (10–12°C), not lower than 50 F (10°C)


sandy-gravelly, pure mineralic and somewhat limestone
no humus
Lophocereus schottii (Engelmann) Britton & Rose (1909)
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Sonora, Baja California


named after A. Schott, collector
to 9.8 ft (3 m) tall, yellow green, numerous sprouts
ribs 5–7
5 and more spines, 2.3–3.1 in (6–8 cm) long, strongly thickened at the base, primary dark reddish
at older plants 1 central spine

at fertil sprouts circa 25 spines
flowers circa 1.5 in (4 cm) long, 1.2 in (3 cm) Ø, white to pink


Cereus schottii Engelmann (1856)
Pilocereus schottii
(Engelmann) Lemaire (1862)
Pachycereus schottii (Engelmann) D. R. Hunt (1987)


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