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Cactus ID request

Posted by biwako_of_abi San Diego (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 7, 06 at 18:51

Someone gave me this over a year ago. It was in a pot with no drainage holes, but had also been given practically no water, so it escaped rotting. When I got it, it consisted of several fairly straight cylindrical stems, but now the tips of the stems have turned into round balls. Was it etiolated before, but now catching up and becoming fatter? Is this cresting, and if so, can it have been brought on by the change from a meager existance to (comparatively) the lap of luxury with sun, fertilizer, and water?

And above all, I would appreciate an ID for it.

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RE: Cactus ID request

Cereus peruvianus (or hildmannianus) monstrose. It looks like it was a bit etiolated but is more normal now. Not crested, but a different kind of deformity. It was always that way, the base species is a normal columnar.

RE: Cactus ID request

You are correct about the new growth. This one has done exactly the same thing after I put it in the ground.

RE: Cactus ID request

A handsome plant, one of the few crests/monstrose forms I would have in my house!(Used to have a small one, )

RE: Cactus ID request

Looks like a CP Monstrose. Mine is a bit more compact. Noticed it had a scale on it and the old No Pest Strip in the empty fish aquarium cured it.
I have not come across Cactuspolecat as of late. Anyone have the skinny on CP from Tasmania? -CJ

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