Trichocereus chiloensis nigripilis (Phil.) Espinosa
Trichocereus coquimbanus (Molina) Britton & Rose
Trichocereus nigripilis (Phil.) Backeb.
Cactus coquimbanus Molina
Cereus nigripilis Phil.
Echinopsis coquimbana (Molina) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley
Echinopsis nigripilis (Phil.) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley
Eulychnia coquimbana (Molina) Albesiano
Leucostele coquimbana (Molina) Schlumpb.
Common Name: Quisco Coquimbano
Leucostele nigripilis is a spiny, evergreen, succulent, columnar cactus. The plant is shrubby, branching basally, and sometimes prostrate, though at other times erect. It forms dense thickets and can grow up to 1metre tall. The stems are cylindrical, up to 8cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Leucostele nigripilis occurs in only one location, and the whole area is threatened by tourism development which is causing declines in the quality of the habitat and number of mature individuals. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
]. (As Echinopsis coquimbana (Molina) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley)
S. America - central and northern Chile
Desert scrub, often between rocks and usually very close to the sea; at elevations up to 200 metres[
Fruit - raw[
]. The globose fruit is green[
The spines are used for art and crafts[