Mexican Fence Post Cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus, Mexican Fencepost
Mexican fence post cactus is native to Mexico.
Identification: These cacti reach 5-10' (1.5-3 m) in height, and up to a maximum of 20' (6.1 m). They grow in clusters, branched at the base, but unbranched above. The straight columns are 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) around, with 5-7 ribs. Pink or greenish-white flowers 1¼-1½" (3.2-4.2 cm) around grow along the edges of the ribs, becoming dark red fruits ¼" (8.4 mm) in diameter.
Edibility: The small red fruits are edible, and very sweet.
Pachycereus marginatus at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Pachycereus marginatus on CactiGuide.com
Pachycereus marginatus on Desert-tropicals.com
Pachycereus marginatus on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents
Pachycereus marginatus on the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment
Pachycereus marginatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: