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Scientific Name: Corryocactus brevistylus Britton & Rose
Synonym: Corryocactus brevispinus, Corryocactus heteracanthus, Corryocactus krausii, Cereus brevistylus, Corryocactus pachycladus, Corryocactus ayacuchoensis
Family: Cactaceae
Guacalla (Corryocactus  brevistylus)
An antique picture of Corryocactus brevistylus in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northern Chile, southern Peru

Growth Habits: Basally branching, columnar stems up to 10 feet tall (3 m), stems 6 inches wide (15 cm); 6 to 10 ribs; woolly areoles 1 in. apart (2.5 cm); spines, about 15, 0.4 to 3.2 or more inches long (1 to 8 cm)

Watering Needs:


In Britton and Rose

Blooming Habits:
Yellow diurnal fragrant flowers in summer, 2 to 2.4 inches (5 to 6 cm) in length, 4 inches wide (10 cm); fruit spherical

Fruiting Habits:

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