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Neobuxbaumia polylopha
Scientific Name: Neobuxbaumia polylopha (E.Y.Dawson) Bravo, Scheinvar & Sanchez-Mej.
Synonym: Pilocereus polylophus, Carnegiea polylopha, Cephalocereus polylophus, Cereus polylophus
Family: Cactaceae
Neobuxbaumia  polylopha
Neobuxbaumia polylopha at the DBG (1974 0119 0101)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Takes some frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí)

Growth Habits: Solitary columnar cactus, up to 40 feet tall (12 m); 10-30 narrow, acute, ribs; small areoles, 0.4 inch apart with yellowish felt; 1 central spine; 7 or 8 yellowish radials, 0.4 to 0.8 inch long (1 to 2 cm)

Watering Needs:


Neobuxbaumia polylopha at Monaco's Jardin Exotique

An antique picture, as Cephalocereus polylophus, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
The dark red flowers come at the top of the cactus, their ovary is sometimes tuberculate, with small scales, red filaments

Fruiting Habits:

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