This is a slow
growing, finger size plant.
Very nice but rot prone on its own roots.
globose or finger-like stem, slowly growing atop a thick, underground
constriction between the stem and the root. eventually
elongated in cultivation.
growing, up to 3-5 cm across, 2-6
Tubercles : Smaller tubercles than
copper-brown to black coloured
of small size -2 to 3 mm,
tuberous root system with (usually) a very
of at least 7 cm of length
hairy with brown
wrapped in white
Blooming season Flowers
already when young,
of the whole plants
took place over one or two days, and remain open for about three
or four days.
Blossoming time: late spring.
Origin: Coastal Chile (Region III Atacama) Road from Vallenar to Huasco and
nearest areas along the coast of the ocean .
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES Appendix II
"Eriosyce" derives from the Greek words
“Erion (εριον)” meaning “wool”
and “Sykos” meaning “fig (a fruit)” .
(The genus name implies: “woolly
derives from the
“napus” meaning "turnip” plus the adjective suffix for nouns "inus"
meaning "belonging to or resembling" (The specific name implies:
“resembling a turnip”)
has been named named in honour of "Hans
Lembcke" Germany expert and author of Chilean species of
- Neochilenia lembkei Backeb. (Nom. inval.) 1959
- Thelocephala lembckei (Backeb.) F.Ritter (Nom. inval.) 1980
- Eriosyce napina subsp. lembckei Katt. 1994
- Eriosyce napina var. lembckei Katt. 1994
- Neoporteria reichei fa. lembckei
taproot and are
over-watering, sometimes are
grafted to avoid
rot problems. Likes warmth (recommended minimum
winter temperature 5° C) But plant kept perfectly dry can easily
survive to winter night temperatures below 0° C (In our
greenhouse no damage with -10° C for a few hours in winter
Sun Exposure: Suited for
sunny-brightly exposure; can
It is suited for
airy exposures. Needs deep pot
drainage to accommodate its
Keep dry in
Propagation: Seeds or
graft. Seeds can be sown in the spring or summer. The seedlings
should not be disturbed until they are well rooted after which
they can be planted separately in small pots.
conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of E. napina.
Taxon has lots of synonyms,
with several controversial varieties and
subspecies, and comprises a multitude of