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Cacti Genus coleocephalocereus




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Coleocephalocereus

Etymology - The generic name is from the Greek koleos, "sheath", and kephale, "head", a reference to the cephalium
Coleocephalocereus is another group of cactus that are endemic to Brazil. All species are short columnar plants while a subspecies of C. aureus remains more globose. The stems feature multiple shallow ribs up to 35 in number that may be somewhat tuberculate, but are more often straight. Moderate spination comes out of small, closely spaced areoles. The most distinctive feature of the genus is the lateral cephalium out of which come small tubular white or red flowers. Fruits are small rounded and reddish colored. The genus is unusual in cultivation, but not unknown with the smaller, more manageable C. aureus and C. purpureus being considerably more common than the other species.

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Coleocephalocereus aureus

Coleocephalocereus aureus


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Coleocephalocereus braunii

Coleocephalocereus braunii


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Coleocephalocereus buxbaumianus

Coleocephalocereus buxbaumianus


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Coleocephalocereus fluminensis

Coleocephalocereus fluminensis


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Coleocephalocereus goebelianus

Coleocephalocereus goebelianus


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Coleocephalocereus pluricostatus

Coleocephalocereus pluricostatus


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   C. pluricostatus -
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   C. pluricostatus uebelmanniorum -
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Coleocephalocereus purpureus

Coleocephalocereus purpureus


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   C. purpureus -
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   C. purpureus cristata -
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*Currently 6 of 6 known species in this genus are represented on CactiGuide.com.
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