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  Machaerocereus eruca f. cristata CACTUSPEDIA       

 


The 'creeping devil' forma cristata.... a very wild and striking crest.

 

Description: The standard Macharocereus eruca is an odd  wildly spined cactus with crawling  prostrate stems except for their slightly raised tips. They grow about up to 3 m long ramifying further and eventually covering a huge area. The crested form is also very spiny and odd looking.
Areoles: Large, 2 cm apart,
Central spines: flat much wider than the others, 3 cm long.
Radial spines: Around 20 light grey or whitish  of unequal length. Outer ones are short and subulate; inner ones are larger and flat.
 


 

Cultivation: This plant, is seldom seen in cultivation, need full sun to light shade, in plants that are too shaded the spines turn out to be shorter and untypical.
Propagation: is by grafting.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Macharocereus eruca.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Macharocereus eruca (Brandegee) Britton and Rose forma cristata

Synonyms:

  • Cereus eruca Brandegee
  • Machaerocereus eruca (Brandegee) Britton and Rose
  • Stenocereus eruca (Brandegee) A.C.Gibson & K.E.Horak
  • Lemaireocereus eruca
  • Rathbunia eruca

Common Names include: Creeping Devil Cactus, Chirinole, Caterpillar Cactus
 


The name Machaerocereus signifies dagger cereus with reference to the longest central spines that are knifelike flat and much wider than the others.
 

 




 

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