Description: Bright green stems with blunt
ribs that protrude less than 1 cm and are slightly prominent where the
areoles are borne.
Areoles: circular, greyish-white and felted, separated by slight
Spines: stems are covered in long, white, hair-like spines (which
becomes more dense in strong light) to protect them from the mountain
cold and hot sun. Hidden in this white down are long, needle-like spines
NOTE: This plant was previously included in the segregate genus
Morawetzia (Backeb.) that differ from Oreocereus
because of the apical cephalium consisting of hairs and bristles and
becoming clavate at the apex. Flowers arise from this cephalium.
Cultivation: This is a
frost hardy cactus that grow at high altitude (hardy to -12°C) It need
full sun exposures. Grow in a rich, porous and draining soil and let
their soil dry out between waterings. Repot in the spring, when their
roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other
year in order to provide fresh soil. After repotting, do not water for a
week or more.
Propagation: Grafting, cuttings