This individual has a dark maroon body—about 3 inches wide—a striking contrast with the long, white spines. Frilly shocking-magenta flowers emerge like trumpets.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Like last week's copiapoa, this week's eriosyce comes from Chile on South America's arid Pacific coast. Eriosyce senilis ssp. senilis has long, curly white spines resembling a scraggly old beard. It hails from the Rio Choapa valley in the Coquimbo region of Chile.