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Useful Temperate Plants

Leucostele chiloensis

(Colla) Schlumpb.

Cactaceae

+ Synonyms

Cactus chiloensis Colla

Cereus chiloensis (Colla) DC.

Cereus coquimbanus DC.

Cereus fulvibarbis Otto & A.Dietr.

Cereus funkii K.Schum.

Cereus polymorphus (Gillies ex G.Don) G.Don

Cereus pycnacanthus Salm-Dyck

Cereus quintero Pfeiff.

Cereus quisco Gay

Cereus zizkaanus (K.Schum.) Schelle

Echinocactus elegans Pfeiff.

Echinocactus jenischianus Pfeiff.

Echinocactus pyramidalis Pfeiff.

Echinocereus chiloensis (DC.) Console & Lem.

Echinopsis chiloensis (Colla) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley

Eulychnia eburnea Phil. ex K.Schum.

Trichocereus chiloensis (Colla) Britton & Rose

Trichocereus faundezii Albesiano

Trichocereus funkii A.Berger

Common Name: Quisco

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General Information

Leucostele chiloensis is a spiny, evergreen, succulent, columnar cactus. A tree-like plant, branching basally or nearly so, first at right angles, then erect, it can grow up to 8 metres tall. The stems are stout, cylindrical, around 10 - 12cm in diameter[
1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food a nd a source of materials. It is often grown as an ornamental, especially within its native range, and is also grown as a living fence to act as a barrier and boundary marker[
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Leucostele chiloensis has a wide range, is abundant, and even though it has threats these occur only in portions of its distribution. Furthermore, it is found in several protected areas. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..

Range

S. America - central and northern Chile

Habitat

Sclerophyllous forest, on north-facing slopes; at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or made into drinks[
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1438
Title
Food Plants in the Americas: A Survey of the Domesticated, Cultivated, and Wild Plants Used for Human Food in North,
Publication
 
Author
Kermath B.M.; Bennett B.C.' Pulsipher L.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A pre-publication draft of an amazing, on-going work first started in 1985. It contains information on more than 3,900 taxa from the Americas - from Arctic regions to the Tropics
] The globose fruit is green[
1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plants are used as living fences in order to mark out boundarriers and act as an effective barrier[
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Other Uses

The wood and spines of this cactus are used for arts and crafts[
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Description
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]. The plants are not killed for this purpose, hence this is not a threat[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
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ISBN
 
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Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2023-01-27. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Leucostele+chiloensis>

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