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Acanthocereus occidentalis


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Synonym(s): Acanthocereus tetragonus
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Pachycereeae
Distribution: Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan de Ocampo, Guerrero - Mexico (North America)
Habit: Shrubby
Flower: WhiteEncounterability: Unusual in Collections
Original Description: The Cactaceae 2 p.125 - Britton & Rose (1920)
Stems rather weak, forming dense thickets; branches slender, 4 to 5 cm in diameter, 3 to 5-angled, dull green, often bronzed; margins of ribs slightly sinuate; areoles 1 to 3 cm apart, filled with short brown wool; spines numerous, nearly equal, yellowish, acicular, up to 7 cm long; flowers 14 to 18cm long; fruit unknown.
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Acanthocereus occidentalis
A. occidentalis
Picture taken at: Desert Botanical Garden , Phoenix, AZ

Photographer: Daiv Freeman
Acanthocereus occidentalis
A. occidentalis
Picture taken at: Desert Botanical Garden , Phoenix, AZ

Photographer: Daiv Freeman

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