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Genus: Echinopsis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

About 130 species, native to South America, with one species naturalised in southern Africa and a further 13 species that are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Echinopsis spachiana (Torch cactus)

Native to Argentina. Has become an invasive species in the Eastern Cape and is a declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa.

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). For Echinopsis klimpeliana, see Acanthocalycium klimpelianum on Cactaceae main page.

Echinopsis ancistrophora

[= Echinopsis polyancistra]

Native to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis aurea (Golden Easter lily cactus)

Native to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis cinnabarina

Native to Bolivia.

 

Echinopsis ferox

Native from Bolivia to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis haematantha

Native to Argentina. Echinopsis haematantha subsp. kuehnrichii is cultivated in southern Africa.

 

Echinopsis leucantha

Native to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis mirabilis

Native to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis oxygona (Easter lily cactus)

Native to Brazil and Argentina.

 

Echinopsis pentlandii

Native to Peru and Bolivia.

 

Echinopsis pugionacantha

Native to Bolivia.

 

Echinopsis schieliana

Native to Bolivia.

 

Echinopsis sylvestrii

Native to Argentina.

 

Echinopsis tubiflora

Native to Argentina.

 
 

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