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Useful Temperate Plants

Leucostele terscheckii

(J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.) Schlumpb.

Cactaceae

+ Synonyms

Cereus fercheckii J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.

Cereus terscheckii J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.

Echinopsis terscheckii (J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley

Pilocereus terscheckii (J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.) Rümpler

Trichocereus terscheckii (J.Parm. ex Pfeiff.) Britton & Rose

Trichocereus terscheckioides F.Ritter

Common Name:

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General Information

Leucostele terscheckii is a spiny, evergreen, succulent, columnar cactus. A tree-like plant, becoming many-branched with age, with several erect columnar branches. It can grow 10 - 12 metres tall with distinct trunks to 45cm in diameter. The stems are cylindrical, around 10 - 20cm 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..
]
This species is intensively used within its local range as a source of materials for purposes such as construction and arts and crafts[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in landscaping[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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0
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
Leucostele terscheckii has a relatively wide range, but the populations are steadily declining. The habitat where this species grows is affected by agriculture and urbanization. Furthermore, the species is harvested for its wood and is utilized for other purposes. It is estimated that the population has been reduced by at least 30% over the last 30 years (generation length is 10 years) due to habitat loss and use. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
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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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 - northwest Argentina, Bolivia

Habitat

Grasslands and shrublands on a range of soil types; at elevations from 800 - 1,400 metres[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Leucostele terscheckii is native to semi-arid climates, found from low to moderate elevations in the Andes of northern Argentina and Bolivia. It can tolerate short-lived frosts with temperatures falling as low as -8°c, but requires hot daytime temperatures[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
In cultivation, Cactus plants generally will not succeed in moist climates. They usually require a sunny position in a well-drained, circumneutral soil and to be kept more or less dry in the dormant season[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The flowers open of a night time[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

Used as a source of materials for purposes such as construction and arts and crafts[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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