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Austrocylindropuntia Pachypus
(Syn: Opuntia pachypus)



Description: It is a slow growing columnar cactus, usually  solitary (sometimes it will branch from the base). Up to 1 m tall, segments up to 8 cm in diameter

Cultivation: Needs moderate watering during the growing season; keep dry in winter.  It requires a very drained and mineral potting mix and a full sun exposure.

Seeds are seldom available and extremely difficult to germinate.  Best reproduced by cutting that frequently don't manage to produce roots or root very slowly and unpredictably. For this reason this plant is often  grafted.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Austrocylindropuntia pachypus

OriginPeru (north of Lima - Chosica Valley) at low elevations of  (600 to 1500 m)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.


  • Opuntia pachypus
  • Cylindropuntia pachypus
  • Maihueniopsis pachypus



Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of
Austrocylindropuntia pachypus.


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