Feb 2010 Stenocereus thurberi

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Feb 2010 Stenocereus thurberi

Post by hob » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:34 pm

Stenocereus thurberi (Engelm.) Buxbaum


Growth Habits: Tree like plant growing up to 26 feet (8 Metres) branching from the base.

Scientific name: Stenocereus thurberi.

Common names: Organ Pipe Cactus.

Synonym: Lemaireocereus thurberi, Rathbunia thurberi, Pilocereus thurberi, Marshallocereus thurberi, Neolemaireocereus thurberi

Etymology: From the Greek word stenos, meaning narrow and the Latin word cereus, meaning a wax taper.
Named For George Thurber, a collector in the US Southwest and Mexico.

Origin: Baja California, Arizona, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Sonora - Mexico.

Light: Full sun to light shade.

Compost: A free draining standard cactus mix.

Water: Regular water in spring to autumn.

Flower: White to pale yellow, funnel shaped, opening at night.

Min temp: Not frost hardy, growing tips of stems can be damaged by frost.

Cultivation: Easy to grow plant with the usual cactus environment.

References. http://en.wikipedia.org

Comments. Pollinated by bats, the fruits are edible and are collected by the Sonora natives.

Image showing mature plant. Photographer: Daiv Freeman

Image showing flowers Photographer: Daiv Freeman