Trichocereus Hybrid 'Mona Lisa' (Specimen #2)
Specimen Size : 3" tall by 5" in diameter.
Trichocereus cv 'Mona Lisa' has a 4-1/2"+ diameter bloom with golden-yellow colored inner petals with slight edge of dark gold to burnt orange on petal edges, short, wide petals, pinched petal tips. Next row of petals are the same but with slightly longer petals. Next row same and longer petals but with a darker gold colored mid stripe, wider gold-burnt orange edges. Back petals are shorter and narrow, gold colored with 1/2 near tips bronze to burnt orange. Stamens are dark orange with cream colored anthers and stigma.Growth is strong and averages 6" to 8" in diameter at base to 2'ft+ tall, long golden-brown spines on new growth by apex later fading to whitish on older growth, averaging 1" long central and 3/4" long radial spines.
Notes : A sturdy grower, excellent bloomer! Colors can vary depending on care; water, fertilizer given etc. Can have lighter tones and even a faint overlay on petals edges of a rose-orange on petal edges, sometimes darker gold mid stripe. Reaches blooming maturity at 1'ft.+ in height.
More Info : This Trichocereus hybrid was named after a famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painting "Mona Lisa" is shown as example below and has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world"
( Leonardo da Vinci's "The Mona Lisa" )
The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.