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  Cleistocactus margaritanus forma cristata CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Cleistocactus margaritanus forma cristata

 

Description: This is a very nice crested cactus, easily recognizable for its yellowish bristly soft spines. The standard C. margaritanus is a columnar tree-like cactus with many branches, up to 3 m tall (Or more), the beautiful crested form, here described, is rare in collection and highly priced for its dense covering of spines and the large growing green fan-like stem.
Stem:
Fat, it can form in age a large convoluted mound
and can reach a considerable size (up to 50 cm tall and in diameter, or more )
Areoles: Small, roundish, orange-yellow.

Spines: It has many short
bristly pale-yellowhis spines all quite similar in shape,   that literally cover the surface of the stems.
 

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Cleistocactus margaritanus Winter ( = C. chacoanus ?)
forma cristata

Origin:  Margarita, O’Connor province, Department of Tarija. Bolivia. Altitude around 1800m

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:

  • Bolivicereus margaritanus Ritt.
  • Borzicactus margaritanus
 



Cultivation:
  It is of easy cultivation. Require
full sun or half shade. The plants on their own roots  should be kept in a deep pot with a very draining mineral substrate. But be particularly careful with watering, which all crested plant require (rot sensitive). Keep dry during the winter rest. Since they are rapid growers, and need plenty of space for their roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the plant has outgrown its pot.
The grafted plants are easy to grow and will form a large brain-like mounds  with age.  Watering during the active growing season (spring and summer); this will encourage steady growth, and prevent the crest from becoming flabby.

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