Matucana Britton & Rose (1922)

named after the Peruvian City Matucana, Province Lima
young globular to medium-size, later cylindrical
ribs circa 20, dull roundish, usually tubercular; areoles initially stronger hairy, later bare
spines usually numerous, thin, very variable
radial spines bristle like, often interwoven; 1–4 central spines, usually longer and stronger
flowers near the apex, shiny red to orange, zygomorphic

Highslide JS


mountains and high mountains

Growth period

half- to full sun
many fresh air and air movement
hardly sensitive to water
easy to grow

Winter period

bright, dry and airy at 42–50°F (6–10°C)


sandy-loamy very permeable to water with addition of pumice and expanded slate
slightly acid, pH-value between 4.5–6
Matucana intertexta F. Ritter (1963)
Highslide JS
  Highslide JS   Highslide JS


Puente Crisnejas, north of Cajamaraca
in 4920–7545 ft (1500–2300 m) altitude


interwoven spiny Matucana
to 14 in (36 cm) tall, 2.8–7.1 in (7–18 cm) Ø
ribs 15–25, 0.6 in (1.5 cm) high, crenate
areoles to 0.3 in (0.8 cm) long
8–12 radial spines
, 0.3–0.8 in (0.8–2 cm) long, brown
central spines 0.8–1.4 in (2–3.5 cm) long, brown, tips black
flowers 3.9 in (10 cm) long, zygomorphic, light orange to vermilion and scarlet,
tube white flaky hairy
stamens pale carmine or brown, style pale yellow
fruits globularly, green, 0.4–0.7 in (1–1.8 cm) Ø

Flowering time

June–August in cultivation
4–5 years from seed


Submatucana intertexta (F. Ritter) Backeberg (1963)
Borzicactus intertextus
(F. Ritter) Donald (1971)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.