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Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans)

Henderson, NV(Zone 9b)

Argentine Giant
Echinopsis candicans


This fragrant flower is 9" across.

Thumbnail by cacti_lover
Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

Cacti_lover,
This is a photo of "Echinopsis candicans".
Your blooms are too big and the sepals are red.
Your stems are too thick and the spines are to big/long to be Echinopsis imperialis.

Take a look at this photo of Echinopsis x imperialis.
http://www.huntingtonbotanical.org/WhatsInBloom/sept06/Page2.html

And here of Echinopsis candicans....Here the sepals are red, the flower is bigger and the stems are thicker and the spines are bigger (like yours)
http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/146859/

Here's two more examples of Echinopsis candicans in this thread, photos by Judyb & azrobin
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/709623/

Would you like to have this photo and your other photos of this plant switched over to the right page in the PlantFiles?

Henderson, NV(Zone 9b)

I always thought E candicans have smaller flowers, thinner stems, and longer spines.

Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

Nope, it's just the opposite :)

Henderson, NV(Zone 9b)

I got the descriptions of E. candicans from the book "The Cactus Family" by E. F. Anderson. You think they might have make mistakes?

Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

The photo in "The Cactus Family" is of the Echinopsis candicans Variety called var. gladiatus. Anderson didn't mention that it was the variety that he pictured.
PlantFiles Link: http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/103470/index.html
Notice that the flowers are the same and just as huge as yours.

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