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Pilosocereus alensis
Scientific Name: Pilosocereus alensis (F.A.C.Weber) Byles & G.D.Rowley
Synonym: Pilocereus alensis, Cephalocereus alensis, Cereus alensis, Pilosocereus guerreronis, Pilocereus guerreronis, Cephalocereus guerreronis
Family: Cactaceae
Pilosocereus  alensis
Pilosocereus alensis at the DBG (1950 2368 0205)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Will take very little frost before growing tips of the stems are damaged

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55°F (12°C)

Sun Exposure: Bright shade to full sun

Origin: Northwestern and western Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, México, Michoacán, Sonora)

Growth Habits: Tree-like, 15 to 20 feet tall (4.5 to 6 m), branching basally; 12 to 14 ribs, sometimes tuberculate; 10 to 14 yellowish acicular spines, 0.4 to 0.6 inches long (1-1.5 cm);

Watering Needs: Regular water and fertilizer from late spring to early fall. Light watering in winter


The species is named 'alensis' after the Sierra del Alo in the state of Jalisco.

Pilosocereus  alensis

Blooming Habits:
The flowering area has white or yellowish hair, up to 2 inches long (5 cm). The flowers are purplish.

Fruiting Habits:

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