Chichipe (Polaskia chichipe)

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Botanical names:
Polaskia chichipe Accepted
Myrtillocactus chichipe Synonym

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 13 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Nocturnal
Flower Color: Other: Creamy white to yellowish green
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
It was used in some kind of exhibit for antoine de saint-exupéry

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 12, 2019 12:48 PM

Branching green tree cactus from southern Mexico with whitish flowers. Stems are 2-3 inches in diameter with 9-12 ribs, 1 central spine, and 6-8 radial spines. Flowers have a faint greenish or yellowish tint. Fruit is reddish purple and edible.

This is one of two trees in the genus from Puebla and Oaxaca, along with P. chende. They may occur together in some places. This species is supposed to occur on alluvium while chende occurs on limestone. Polaskia was briefly subsumed into Myrtillocactus, but is now separate. It is native to the Tahuacán-Cuicatlán Valley and a few other places.

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Can someone identify my plants by HappyJacko Dec 9, 2018 10:53 PM 6
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