Echinopsis spachiana (Lemaire) H. Friedrich & G. D. Rowley 1974
Cereus spachianus Lemaire 1840
Echinocereus spachianus (Lemaire) Rümpler 1885
Trichocereus spachianus (Lemaire) Riccobono 1909
Cereus santiaguensis Spegazzini 1905
Trichocereus santiaguensis (Spegazzini) Backeberg 1959
Echinopsis santiaguensis (Spegazzini) H. Friedrich & G. D. Rowley 1974
Golden Torch Cereus, Hedgehog Cactus, White Torch Cactus, Golden Torch
This cactus is native to western Argentina, and is not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Plants consist of several cylindrical stems up to 6½' (2 m) in height. Each stem is about 1¾-2" (5-6 cm) around, and has 10-15 ribs. The spines along the sides occur in groups of 8-10, each ⅛-⅜" (4-10 mm) long. They are reddish yellow when young, becoming whiter as they age. Flowers are white, up to 6" (15 cm) around and up to 8" (20 cm) deep. The funnel-shaped portion of the outside of the flowers is hairy and pink in color.
Echinopsis spachiana on Desert-tropicals.com
Echinopsis spachiana at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden Center for Plant Research
Echinopsis spachiana on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents
Echinopsis spachiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: