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  1. If you grew your specimen from a seed then you can be sure it is not a clone. However, if you received your specimen as a cutting then it may or may not be PC. Phenotypes can be shared just as you may have blue eyes and one, both, or none of your parents may have blue eyes. The bottom line is that without DNA testing to ensure you have an exact match phenotypes can be misleading as what you see does is not the genotype, but instead what you see is simply physical characteristics that can be shared. Think of it like PC being a particular St.Bernard for instance. So, we have P.C. St. Bernard. You may have many other look alike that may be different on the inside, but on the outside... they are still St. Bernards. All PC St. Bernards are St. Bernards, but not all St. Bernards are PC. Now, think of all other pachanoi as other dog breeds. First generation crosses often have traits from both parents, but they may be heavier in some traits than others i.e. one parent may have more dominant traits. Still, a more complex cross like an F1 aka sibling cross can result in an F2 generation where some seedlings will look like PC, others will still be a mixture of both parental phenotypes, and still others will more closely resemble the other parent. To complicate matters crossing that F1 that most resembles the PC parent back to the PC parent can increase that type of phenotype. Or one could simply do a backcross to another Trichocereus that had the PC look and lock in that PC phenotype that way as well. So while cacti can share a similar phenotype or appearance on the outside. Internally they may differ quite a lot. Remember, a hybrid may hide its hybrid ancestry or it may show distinctly what its ancestry is. Complex hybrids can be even harder to figure out especially so if the hybridizer has selected for a specific look generation after generation. When you look at the hybrids created with Hemerocallis for instance you are often looking at many different species and many different crosses all rolled into one. The idea of course being to select the best genes to produce the most unique or best phenotype over many generations. One thing is for certain, if your PC blooms and it has a pink or orange flower... it is a hybrid and not a PC. To confuse matters more, sometimes phenotype can change slightly due to different growing conditions or environments. The bottom line as I see it though is no one can truly tell if you have a clone or a seed grown cultivar if that phenotype matches up sufficiently with another specimen already in wide circulation. Breeding back to the same parent 3 times for instance would severely lock in that particular phenotype of the one parent resulting in many look a likes.
  2. L.E.R. is an old pachanoi that has been around for some time from the now defunct Legendary Ethnobotanical Resources. A specimen that flowered profusely at under 2 feet of height. Thought it might be worth mentioning for those interested in early flowering specimens. I'm sure there are others I've missed, but for now I'll leave it at this one.
  3. You have an outstanding collection JackDaRipper. My favorite of the three is that Huanocoensis of course.
  4. As PC pachanoi is a specific clone, the easiest way to ensure you don't have that clone is to grow pachanoi from seeds. As an added benefit, you will be the only one with that exact set of genetics in each individual seedling. The result, you will then be 100% assured that each seedling will be able to breed with each other as Trichocereus pachanoi are not self-fertile. I definitely like your desire to have the new or novel. Its why I grow the best crosses from the best parents from seed. Graft those seedlings and your going to have some beautiful and fairly descent sized specimens in no time at all. And heck yeah, get a few noteworthy clones along the way as well. While at the same time producing your very own noteworthy Trichocereus from seed.
  5. I love Trichocereus pachanoi for grafting seedlings. My preferred method is to use parafilm and or co-ban to graft, but I've also used string etc. Great videos on grafting all in one place. Thanks for finding and sharing!
  6. From the album Trichocereus Freaks

    Another variegated Trichocereus seedling from Zelly
  7. update on this Trichocereus scopulicola x T. terscheckii picture taken today 19 February 2018
  8. update on this Trichocereus scopulicola x T. terscheckii picture taken today 19 February 2018
  9. Trichocereus peruvianus "Clyde" x Zelly . This little baby appears to be the only one out of the batch of seedlings to appear with this particular phenotype. Hoping it sticks. It may very well make for an interesting colored flower one day when she grows up a bit more.