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Cardón Espinoso, Candelabro
Scientific Name: Pachycereus weberi (J.M.Coult.) Backeb.
Synonym: Pachycereus gigas, Pachycereus grandis var. gigas, Cereus candelabrum, Lemaireocereus weberi, Stenocereus weberi, Cereus weberi, Ritterocereus weberi
Family: Cactaceae
Cardón Espinoso, Candelabro (Pachycereus  weberi)
Picture from K. Schumann "Gesamtbeschreibung der Kakteen"
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

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

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla)

Growth Habits: Tree-like cactus, much branched, up to 30 feet tall (10 m), 30 feet spread (10 m), bluish green stems, 8 in. wide (20 cm); 8-10 ribs; areoles 0.8 to 1.2 inches apart (2-3 cm) with white felt; 1 central spine, up to 4 in. long (10 cm); 6-12 radials

Watering Needs: Moderate


An antique photo, as Lemaireocereus weberi in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Fruit, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
Nocturnal yellowish white flowers on side areoles, 3.2 to 4 inches long (8-10 cm). They have woolly globose ovaries, and tubes covered of narrow scales and brown hairs. The edible spiny fruit is oblong, 2.4 to 2.8 inches long (6-7 cm). The abundant seeds can be used to make flour.

Fruiting Habits:

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