This is another addition to our collection of rare hybrid cactus seeds. Both parents of this hybrid are extraordinary specimens in their own right. In this case, a trichocereus huancoensis mother plant was pollinated with a trichocereus SS02. Trichocereus huancoensis is a lesser-known cactus that is pretty sought-after by serious collectors. Huancoensis is a pachanoid type of plant, meaning it has characteristics of pachanoi. This particular species is native to Huanuno, Peru. It has white nocturnal flowers and can have new growth that is completely spineless. The blue-green branching columns of Huancoensis can form can be incredibly thick. Stems as thick as 8 inched have been reported, with columns that tower 20 feet high. Certainly, this brings the size gene into the mix for these hybrid seeds. Trichocereus bridgesii is one of the three most common trichocereus species along with pachanoi and Peruvianus. Trichocereus bridgesii is native to Bolivia where it is known as Achuma. SS02 is a particular clone of bridgesii that is well known to have good genetics. It is a great representation of the bridgesii species, and so it is commonly used for making these hybrids. Many hybrids also combine genetics of different species to form superior specimens that contain the more desirable qualities of both parents. For instance, you may get the increased growth speed of one species combined with the spine length or coloration that is characteristic of the other species. For collector’s, their fascination with hybrid cacti can be the pursuit of superior specimens, to the aesthetic mixing to simple rarity. With hybrids, you go from a set number of existing species to a seemingly endless list of possible combinations. For anyone beginning to collect hybrid cacti, this is an essential choice because it combines the two most iconic members of this wonderful genus. Although people don’t usually think of cacti for their flowers, trichocereus flowers undoubtedly rival the most impressive flowers of any other type of plant out there.
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