Lumberjack – Trichocereus bridgesii – Quite the backstory 🙂
Trichocereus bridgesii LUMBERJACK or LUMBERJACKUS is a rare and sought after Trichocereus that was found in a Lumberjack store in Sacramento by Joe Lev. Its actually an Echinopsis lageniformis with very distinct traits. It has a very typical double-pair spination and a fat body. This clone is known to flower abundantly and it is currently used by US breeder Misplant and Nitrogen.
Origin Story: “Here is the origin of the super hero know as ‘lumberjack” It never ceases to amaze me that my little joke has become common parlance in the ethnobot underground.
I went out to this bill collectors office in Rancho Cordova, CA to give up some blood money. Leaving I saw a big Lumberjack building supply store. I was fairly new at growing cacti, I think I was still looking for my first peruvianus, I probably just had a few pachanois and maybe my first WOH which was sold as a peruvianus, but really looks nothing like one. I go out to the garden area and spot what looked to me like a pachanoi but with wicked big spines. It was in a large plastic pot , had several columns about 3 ft high. I think I paid about $45 for it. …
As I learned more, I saw that it appears to be a peruvianus/bridgessi cross. Like a fat bridge or a peruvianus with less spines per pad. It’s a fast grower, but doesn’t seem to grow as tall as a pachanoi. It flowers occasionally, and once I got it to cross with a pachanoi. Sometimes the new growth has a beautiful blue color that love.
When I started trading it I gave it a fake latin name, “lumberjackius”, which people soon shortened to “lumberjackus” and then “lumberjack””
-Joe Lev, Spirit Plants Forum
Juuls Giant – Trichocereus pachanoi
Tom Juul’s Giant aka TJG is a famous Trichocereus clone that goes back to the former butcher Tom Juul´s, who imported this plant into the United states and spent a lot of time to spread it around. The California based nursery Sacred Succulents played a major part in the wide distribution of this clone. It is a classic Trichocereus pachanoi clone.
Tom Juul had a giant plant in his garden and after his death, cuttings of this plant were distributed by Sacred Succulents and other cactus nurseries. K. Trout wrote a great piece on the whole history of the plant in his San Pedro book.