Pachycereus

 

Pachycereus is a group of about 10 species of large columnar cactus from southwestern USA and Mexico. They are single stemmed or form clusters. Their maximum height is between 12 and 40 feet (4 to 12 m), depending on the species. Pachycereus pringlei, the Baja California 'Cardón' is one of the heaviest cacti. The name Pachycereus comes from the Greek for "thick cereus". It is synonymous with Lemaireocereus and include Marginatocereus.

Although the biggest species will take some limited frost when mature, young specimens should be protected from any frost.

The funnel-shaped flowers open at night. They are followed by spiny fruits.

Species and varieties
Pachycereus fulviceps
Pachycereus gatesii
Pachycereus gaumeri (Kanzacam)
Pachycereus grandis
Pachycereus hollianus (Baboso, Acompes)
Pachycereus lepidanthus
Pachycereus marginatus (Central Mexico Organ Pipe, Organo, Jarritos)
Pachycereus militaris
Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum (Cardón Hecho, Cardón Barbón)
Pachycereus pringlei (Cardón, Elephant Cactus, Mexican Giant Cactus)
Pachycereus pringlei fa. calvus
Pachycereus schottii (Senita, Whisker Cactus)
Pachycereus weberi (Cardón Espinoso, Candelabro)
Pachycereus aragonii synonym of Stenocereus aragonii
Pachycereus calvus synonym of Pachycereus pringlei fa. calvus
Pachycereus chrysomallus synonym of Pachycereus militaris
Pachycereus columna-trajani synonym of Cephalocereus columna-trajani (Organo)
Pachycereus foetidus synonym of Pachycereus gaumeri (Kanzacam)
Pachycereus gigas synonym of Pachycereus weberi (Cardón Espinoso, Candelabro)
Pachycereus grandis var. gigas synonym of Pachycereus weberi (Cardón Espinoso, Candelabro)
Pachycereus marginatus var. gemmatus synonym of Pachycereus marginatus (Central Mexico Organ Pipe, Organo, Jarritos)
Pachycereus orcuttii synonym of Pacherocactus orcuttii
Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum ssp. tehuantepecanus synonym of Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum (Cardón Hecho, Cardón Barbón)
Pachycereus queretaroensis synonym of Stenocereus queretaroensis (Pitahaya de Queretaro)
Pachycereus ruficeps synonym of Neobuxbaumia macrocephala
Pachycereus schottii synonym of Pachycereus schottii (Senita, Whisker Cactus)
Pachycereus schottii synonym of Pachycereus schottii (Senita, Whisker Cactus)
Pachycereus schottii var. tenuis synonym of Pachycereus schottii (Senita, Whisker Cactus)
Pachycereus tehuantepecanus synonym of Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum (Cardón Hecho, Cardón Barbón)
Pachycereus tetetzo synonym of Neobuxbaumia tetetzo (Tetetzo, Cardón)

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