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Postby CACTI1 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:25 pm

Here you can see 4 giant cactus,which is the largest cacti in the world???ImageImage
E.terscheckii-P.pringlei-C.gigantea-E.atacamensis
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Postby peterb » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:31 pm

ha, nice photo! They are so cute when they are babies. :-)

"Biggest" is somewhat of a vague term in my mind. There's "most massive" (that is, heaviest, literally the most mass), then there is tallest, densest or most wide, etc.

I think Pachycereus pringlei is usually called the "biggest," but I have seen some photos of other Mexican Pachycereus (forget the species) that are just outrageously huge. I have also seen some truly huge and heavy Pachycereus pringlei.

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Postby Ralf » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:33 pm

peterb wrote:... I have seen some photos of other Mexican Pachycereus (forget the species) that are just outrageously huge.


Maybe Pachycereus weberi ? I think so that some species of Pachycereus are the biggest cacti.
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Postby CACTI1 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Ralf wrote:Maybe Pachycereus weberi ? I think so that some species of Pachycereus are the biggest cacti.
I don't think pachycereus weberi is bigger than pachycereus pringlei,usually P.pringlei is bigger.
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Postby exotica » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:38 pm

AFAIK, the biggest of all cacti is Pereskia (up to 25 m high)…
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Postby CACTI1 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:21 pm

exotica wrote:AFAIK, the biggest of all cacti is Pereskia (up to 25 m high)…

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Postby Peterthecactusguy » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:45 pm

there is one of the jungle cacti that is growing on either ASU, or UA (AZ state, or University of AZ) that is the worlds tallest. It's anchored to I think it was a 7 story building and is almost all the way to the top.

(I wanna say it's in Tuscon, so it's at UofA but I can't remember)

BTW biggest, tallest, heaviest etc is all relative. It could depend on some factors. For instance natively grown vs a plant in a collection... etc.

I do know that the champion Tallest Saguaro was killed by a combination of fire damage AND flooding.
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Postby robby » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:54 am

My favorite is Pachycereus pringlei. Big enough?

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Postby CACTI1 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:22 pm

Now, see the big E.atacamensis.(10m)
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Postby Cactus Charlie » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:30 pm

I recently read of someone in India who has the tallest recorded cactus in the world, a Cereus peruvianus, which is 78.8 feet tall, (and knocked the 77-78 foot Saguaro off the top spot for height) and was put in the record books in december 2009... funnily enough there were no pictures of either but it is an official record, apparently!
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Postby CACTI1 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:53 am

Cactus Charlie wrote:I recently read of someone in India who has the tallest recorded cactus in the world, a Cereus peruvianus, which is 78.8 feet tall, (and knocked the 77-78 foot Saguaro off the top spot for height) and was put in the record books in december 2009...

ImageCereus peruvianus in the india isn't in the wild,it has been in cultivate.
Cactus Charlie wrote:funnily enough there were no pictures of either but it is an official record, apparently!
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Postby Peterthecactusguy » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:10 am

that's the saguaro that fell over. there are plenty of other cacti that are taller then sagauros..
FYI they also count all the arms. ;)
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Re: Biggest cacti???

Postby Cactus Charlie » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:42 am

This is the Saguaro, Carnegia gigantea....
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Re: Biggest cacti???

Postby majcka » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:00 am

rexroven wrote:Image

This is which cacti??


Does look satisfied with life, doesn't it? :D
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Re: Biggest cacti???

Postby Peterthecactusguy » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:06 am

btw as an aside I know this is old, but the largest saguaro in the world was killed by the 2005 Cave Creek Complex fire. Essentially it was killed by taking on too much water.
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