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Nov 11, 2020 8:35 PM CST
Name: Adam
West Virginia
Hello, I found this cactus?, at a greenhouse in WV today and the lady did not have any knowledge about it, however she stated that it had been there a while. Please help me identify.
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Nov 11, 2020 8:55 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

Its a cactus called 'Ming Thing' and that is the ONLY thing we can agree on.

Its commonly identified as Cereus forbesii monstrose 'Ming Thing' but that plant doesn't actually exist. It could be Cereus validus monstrose 'Ming Thing' but according to the Catalog of Life, that's a synonym for Acanthocereus tetragonus, a cactus commonly know as 'Fairy Castle Cactus' which doesn't look anything like a 'Ming Thing'.

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Nov 11, 2020 9:16 PM CST
Name: Adam
West Virginia
Thanks!! That was quick!! Love the information.
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Nov 11, 2020 11:18 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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I picked up one last year and as Daisy says it came labeled as Cereus forbesii monstrose 'Ming Thing'. It has grown some, but doesn't appear to be a fast grower. Still larger than in my photo showing the labelling when I bought it. It does have stress coloring. It gets quite dark in the winter months and greens up in the summer growing season.
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Nov 12, 2020 12:02 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I've had one for several years and its still only 6 inches tall. Its always redish. Photo tomorrow.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
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Nov 13, 2020 1:11 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
I got my Ming Thing in 2014. Its now 5 inches tall and wide. I have moved it out of the sun into a shadier spot and in just a few months, its really changed color.

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