May 2010 Stetsonia coryne

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May 2010 Stetsonia coryne

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Stetsonia coryne (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose

Growth Habits: Grows up to 30 feet [10m] tall with stems around 4 inches [10cm] dia.

Scientific name: Stetsonia coryne.

Common names: Toothpick cactus.

Synonym: Cereus coryne, Cereus chacoanus

Etymology: Named For Francis Lynde Stetson.
coryne : A Latin word meaning club.

Origin: Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay.

Light: Full sun.

Compost: A free draining standard cactus mix.

Water: Water in spring to autumn allowing soil to dry well between waterings, keep dry in winter.

Flower: Large white with a tinge of pink, nocturnal.

Min temp: Frost hardy to about -4c but is best kept frost free.

Cultivation: Easy to grow plant, grows best in full sun to encourage strong spination.


Comments. Grows to tree like size but makes a nice plant in collections for a few years until it grows too big.
Stetsonia is a monotypic taxon meaning there is only one species in the genus.

Habitat image by Greg Corman