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Pachycereus militaris
Scientific Name: Pachycereus militaris (Audot) D.R.Hunt
Synonym: Cereus militaris, Cephalocereus militaris, Backebergia militaris, Mitrocereus militaris, Pachycereus chrysomallus, Pilocereus chrysomallus, Mitrocereus chrysomallus, Backebergia chrysomallus, Cephalocereus chrysomallus
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Pachycereus  militaris
Pachycereus militaris at the DBG (1988 0724 0203)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Although it comes from a year around warm area, it will take some frost for short periods

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima)

Growth Habits: Tree like columnar cactus, up to 60 feet tall (20 m), trunks up to 40 inches in diameter (1 m); areoles very close, often confluent; 11 to 14 ribs; 3-4 central spines, one longer up to 4 inches long (10 cm), 10-12 thin radials

Watering Needs: Little water in winter


As Pachycereus chrysomallus in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
Reddish to creamish nocturnal flowers, emerging from a brown woolly pseudo-cephalium, 2.4 to 2.8 inches long (6-7 cm). The wool falls after the fruits are ripe.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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