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Austrocylindropuntia Pachypus forma cristata
(Syn: Opuntia pachypus "crested form")


Austrocylyndropuntia pachyopus forma cristata

Crested and normal form.

Description: The standard A. pachypus 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. The crested form is more than the normal columnar shaped form (which is also quite rare and esteemed by impassioned)

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Austrocylindropuntia pachipus

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

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 doesn't succeed to produce roots or roots very slowly and unpredictably. For this reason this plant is often  grafted.

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


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