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Jan 12, 2016 3:46 PM CST
|I have what was called a pencil cactus. I haven't found out which one it is. Anyone know?|
Jan 12, 2016 3:47 PM CST
|Usually what is referred to as 'Pencil Cactus' is Euphorbia tirucalli. Not a cactus.|
I haven't seen your cactus before but it is very pretty!
Jan 12, 2016 4:07 PM CST
|All I've ever seen is the Euphorbia Tirucalli, but there's also some called Pencil Cholla. There aren't a lot of pictures, but take a look -|
Jan 12, 2016 4:08 PM CST
|I agree about the Euphorbia tirucalli being called that also. This one is super easy to grow. A few pieces fell off and they rooted and started growing quickly. I have it outdoors in 7b and it's totally happy. I found something similar called Cylindropuntia kleiniae.|
Jan 12, 2016 4:15 PM CST
|There are some serious spines on those, but they are beautiful.|
Jan 13, 2016 10:46 AM CST
|with Ibis, it looks a lot like Diamond Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)|
Jan 13, 2016 10:55 AM CST
|It does look like that Deb, but the spines on mine aren't quite as heavy or long. I guess it could be due to growing conditions being different. A lot of the cacti and succulent vary due to different conditions and care.|
Jan 13, 2016 1:18 PM CST
|Let's see if @Baja_Costero has any ideas.|
Jan 13, 2016 1:40 PM CST
|Looks like a cholla, Cylindropuntia, but I don't know which one.|
Jan 13, 2016 1:46 PM CST
|I wrote High Country Gardens and they said they'd be happy to ID it, so I just sent them the pics. I'll let you know when I hear.|
Jan 15, 2016 2:00 PM CST
|Deebie is pretty much correct, it is cylindropuntia ramosissima var. nudum (as in [mostly] spineless) and AFAIK it is called the 'Diamond Cholla', following the pattern on the stems. Indeed the name 'Pencil Cholla' is usually reserved for C. kleiniae.
I have this growing in my yard and the plant came from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. It occurs in the wild in southern Arizona and presumably across the border in Mexico. Is extremely drought tolerant and has really pretty flowers as apparent from the picture in the OP. The spined version is does really cool things with the light if it catches low angle sun... when I get home I will try and find the picture and post it to demonstrate that...
Jan 15, 2016 2:05 PM CST
|I'd love to see a pic of the one you have in your yard!|
Jan 15, 2016 8:12 PM CST
|OK my post just went missing so if there end up being two with the same pictures, sorry!
The first pic is of the plant I have, the pic is about 3 years old since then I have only flower pics, the plant has grown some. The second pic is of the spiny variety that with the right light angle looks really really good.
Jan 15, 2016 9:19 PM CST
|Your first pic is just like mine, and I see what you mean about the one in the second pic. Very nice!|
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