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Royen's Tree Cactus
Scientific Name: Pilosocereus royenii (L.) Byles & G.D.Rowley
Synonym: Pilocereus nobilis, Cephalocereus nobilis, Cephalocereus monoclonos, Cereus nobilis, Pilocereus monoclonos, Pilosocereus nobilis, Pilosocereus monoclonos, Pilocereus swartzii, Pilocereus millspaughii, Cereus monoclonos, Pilocereus strictus, Cactus strictus, Cephalocereus strictus, Pilosocereus swartzii, Cephalocereus swartzii, Pilosocereus urbanianus, Pilocereus urbanianus, Cereus urbanianus, Cephalocereus urbanianus, Cereus millspaughii, Cereus swartzii, Pilosocereus barbadensis, Pseudopilocereus nobilis, Cactus royenii, Cephalocereus millspaughii, Cephalocereus royenii, Cephalocereus barbadensis, Cereus barbadensis, Pilocereus barbadensis, Pilosocereus brooksianus, Cephalocereus brooksianus, Cereus brooksianus, Pilocereus curtisii, Cephalocereus nobilis var. curtisii, Pilosocereus gaumeri, Cephalocereus gaumeri, Pilosocereus millspaughii, Pilocereus royenii, Cereus gaumeri, Pilocereus gaumeri, Pilocereus haworthii, Cereus haworthii, Pilocereus brooksianus
Family: Cactaceae
Royen's Tree Cactus (Pilosocereus  royenii)
Pilosocereus royenii in the DBG shade house
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

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

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure: Bright shade to full sun

Origin: Mexico (Yucatan, Quintana Roo), Caribbean

Growth Habits: Tree-like, much branched, 20 feet tall (6 m), stems 2 to 3.6 inches in diameter (5 to 9 cm); 6 to 11 ribs; young areoles with felt and silky hair, reaching 0.8 inch long on flower bearing ones; 1 to 6 centrals; 8 to 15 radials;

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


Crested Cephalocereus urbanianus in the HBG greenhouse (HBG 4858, K2390)

Blooming Habits:
Nocturnal, pinkish to greenish flowers, 2 inches long or more (5 cm); depressed globose brown fruit with light colored pulp.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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