Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Trichocereus chiloensis (Colla.) Britt. & Rose

Frost tender large shrub- or tree-like erect, ovate cactus, branching near the base, with up to 16 blunt ribs, strong, pale prickles, and diurnal, funnel-shaped flowers, white inside, tinged maroon outside.  To 8m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

A photograph of mature plants appears in Britton & Rose – The Cactaceae vol.II, Fig 198/1820.

Introduced to Britain in 1825.  [PD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.295/1850].


Published Mar 05, 2009 - 04:49 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 05:17 PM

The photograph shows large cacti with cylindrical, branched stems.  The Cactaceae vol.II, Fig 198, 1820.

Trichocereus chiloensis (Colla.) Britt. & Rose | Britton & Rose – The Cactaceae vol.II, Fig 198/1820 | BHL

Family Cactaceae
Region of origin


  • Cactus chiloensis Colla
  • Cereus chiloensis DC.
  • Cereus chilensis Pfeiff.
  • Cereus hteromorphus Monville
  • Cereus longispinus Salm-Dyck
  • Cereus pepinianus Lem.
  • Cereus linnaei Forst.
  • Cereus gilvus Salm-Dyck
  • Cereus funkii Schum
  • Cereus quisco Remy
  • Echinopsis chiloensis (Colla) H.Friedrich & G.D.Rowley
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Cereus Chilensis

Confidence level high