seeds of Trichocereus bridgesii, Echinopsis lageniformis
Trichocereus bridgesii Samen
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Trichocereus bridgesii, also called Echinopsis lageniformis, is a fast-growing plant species of the cactus family Cactaceae. The more common name for the plant is Bolivian torch cactus. Trichocereus bridgesii has its origins in the Bolivian deserts where it is known as wachuma or achuma by the indigenous communities. Trichocereus bridgesii can grow to a height of 2 to 5 metres and achieve a stem diameter of 15 to 20 cm. The plant has 4 to 6 ribs and a colour that hovers between light green and light blue. The nodes have brown spines that grow to a length of 6 to 7 cm in mature plants. The spines grow in groups of four. Trichocereus bridgesii has several cultivars that are of immense value as ornamentals. The beauty of the plants coupled with their unusual shapes serves to make them unique and consequently, valuable. This value can be put to use either in interior décor or outdoors in gardens and front yards. Most of the cultivars take a long time to grow but prove worthwhile in the end. Trichocereus bridgesii contains some alkaloids, most notably mescaline which is a well-known psychoactive alkaloid. Research suggests that some variants of the species might have far stronger psychoactive alkaloids; an interesting prospect for all the people who consider the alkaloid to be of value. There is a long history between the alkaloids present in Trichocereus bridgesii and shamanic traditions. The plant’s spines are sufficiently sharp to be used to deter intruders when placed on top of the walls. Trichocereus bridgesii can also serve as a hedge. The plant is hardy and capable of growing in high altitudes where there are minimal water and low temperatures. Trichocereus bridgesii grows well in fertile, gritty, well-drained soils that have moderate levels of moisture. The pH of the soil should neither be overly basic nor highly acidic.
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