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.
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
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