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Jun 11, 2020 1:24 AM CST
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 9a)
Region: Australia Tropicals
Hi all!

I've had this cactus for a while but it never came with an ID, or tag, wondering if anyone has an approximate ID on it? I've tried plant identification app and the only suggestion is a 'Cereus repandus' which it sort of resembles, however, the comparison photos are much bigger in size.

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Approximately 16cm (6.3 inches) in height if that helps Grin

Thank You!
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Jun 11, 2020 1:27 AM CST
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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It is a cereus, that is true, it may be repandus, that i cannot say(cereus as a genus is wobbly with a few of its species) what is important is that you have a dwarf monstrose cultivar..a mutant, if you need context...
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Jun 11, 2020 1:35 AM CST
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 9a)
Region: Australia Tropicals
skopjecollection said:It is a cereus, that is true, it may be repandus, that i cannot say(cereus as a genus is wobbly with a few of its species) what is important is that you have a dwarf monstrose cultivar..a mutant, if you need context...


Sounds very similar to the Euphorbia genus, filled with so many species, cultivars and hybrids! Good to get an approximate genus though, thank you! :)

In googling "dwarf monstrose" you may have helped me identify the approximate genus of another mystery cactus I own so extra thanks :D
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Jun 11, 2020 1:47 AM CST
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Bookworm Sedums
Tropicals Fruit Growers Foliage Fan Orchids Bulbs Apples
h3xengarten said:

Sounds very similar to the Euphorbia genus, filled with so many species, cultivars and hybrids! Good to get an approximate genus though, thank you! :)

In googling "dwarf monstrose" you may have helped me identify the approximate genus of another mystery cactus I own so extra thanks :D


No. Unlike euphorbia,cereus problems stem from breeding and cultivation. You have these lookalike species(forbesii, repandaus,hildamanius) which have been horrendously misnomered , confused, mixed up, and possibly hybridized.
To top that off you have the term "peruvianus", which is not only inappropriate, given that no cereus species come from peru(trichocereus/echinopsis do), but its also a whatever term, meaning all of the above...
Basically that confusion that happened a while back is why we dont have accurate species descriptions, to most cultivated forms of cereus(monstrose and cristate plants included). Some have a cultivar name(ming thing, rojo), but even those are unstable...
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