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S001 - Tristerix aphyllus on Echinopsis chiloensis host

Observed: 23rd October 2001 By: Paul KlaassenPaul Klaassen’s reputation in PlantsPaul Klaassen’s reputation in PlantsPaul Klaassen’s reputation in Plants
S001 - Tristerix aphyllus on Echinopsis chiloensis host
Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Tristerix aphyllus
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Jonathan's picture

Paul, This is a fascinating

Paul,

This is a fascinating observation of a mistletoe parasitic on a cactus! We now have a way to record such observations of interactions if you would like to give that a go. Details of how to do it are given here http://www.ispotnature.org/help-interactions

You may also be interested to know that we are shortly to have a Chilean community on iSpot. Just add a comment to this page if you are interested and I will give you the link (at the time of writing it is not quite ready).

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Paul Klaassen's picture

Tristerix aphyllus on other cacti

Hi Johnathan,

Sorry to have missed your comment - I flew to Santiago on 11 October and returned last Saturday. I have visited Chile with a special interest in the Cactaceae since 2001 and discovered iSpot last year after my first trip to South Africa.

Although this parasite is usually mentioned as one that is found specifically on Echinopsis chiloensis I have also come across it on Eulychnia acida and E. castanea, Miqueliopuntia miquelii and on Copiapoa coquimbana - should have images to show this in my archives. I'm currently processing the 6,000+ images of my recent trip, details of which are posted on my Blog at www.pkcactus.wordpress.com

I expect to add images to iSpot in weeks to come.

My next cactus trip is to Mexico in February - any chance of a Mexican team of experts in the near future!?

Cheers
PK

Cheers
pkcactus
Blog: The Cactus Trip Diaries
http://pkcactus.wordpress.com/

Jonathan's picture

Hi, Paul, we don't have a

Hi, Paul, we don't have a Mexican community yet but I have friends there including one who studies cacti so I can try to get them to help us out. Observations made in Mexico will go into the global iSpot community where I can lookout for them. If you add a comment here when your new observations are made, I will get a notification too.

We are hoping to have iSpot in Spanish early next year which will help if grow in Latin America.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)