Trichocereus Hybrid 'Taj Mahal'
Trichocereus hybrid 'Taj Mahal' has a 6"+ diameter bloom with inner petals golden-yellow and rose colored edges, wide petals with ruffled edges. Next row same but with some touches of burnt orange on petal tips. Outer petals are golden yellow with faint rose to burnt orange colored edges and tips, more narrow and longer than inner petals. Back petals are dark orange to burnt orange with a narrow golden yellow mid stripe. Yellow anthers and stigma, greenish throat. Growth is columnar, thick averaging 5"+ at base, long golden to brownish colored spines averaging 3/4" in length. A cross of AUT 79-VR 5 x RL 1431-VR 3. Hybridized by Sybille Riebler of Germany.
Specimen size: 3" tall by 3" in diameter.
Notes : Trichocereus cv 'Taj Mahal' has a beautiful golden glow that is difficult to capture with photography. Strong grower, blooms easily hitting maturity at 8"+ tall in height. There is also an Echinopsis hybrid similarly named 'Taj Mahal' it should not be confused with this hybrid, it has long narrow primarily pink colored blooms.
More Info. :This Trichocereus hybrid was named after the world famous Taj Mahal mausoleum in India. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan who reigned from 1628 until 1658. The Taj Mahal was built to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenelated wall.( Pictured below is the Taj Majal mausoleum in India ).
Construction of the Taj Mahal was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in or around the year 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees or (US$827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time", it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.