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Toothpick Cactus
Scientific Name: Stetsonia coryne (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose
Synonym:
Family: Cactaceae
Toothpick Cactus (Stetsonia  coryne)
Stetsonia coryne at the DBG
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12-13
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 18F (-8C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Low deserts of Argentina, Bolivia

Growth Habits: Branching cactus to 30 feet tall (9 m), each columnar stems is 4 inches in diameter (10 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer for optimal growth

Propagation: Seeds


The Stetsonia coryne is the only species in the genus.

Stetsonia coryne at the DBG

Stetsonia coryne flower, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit, in late winter, is smooth skinned. The tangy lemony rind is edible raw. The seed mass of black seeds imbedded with a white pulp, is not usually eaten. The entire fruit can also be eaten cooked.

References:
Dry Climate Gardening With Succulents : The Huntington Botanical Gardens

Check for Field Collection numbers at Ralph Martin's Site


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