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Pachycereus pringlei

Pachycereus pringlei (S. Watson) Britton & Rose 1909

Cereus pringlei S. Watson 1885

Pilocereus pringlei (S. Watson) F. A. C. Weber 1898

Pachycereus calvus Britton & Rose 1909

Cardón, Cardón Gigante, Cardón Pelón, Sagueso, Sahuaso

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusPachycereus
Speciespringlei

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These imposing cacti are native to the Sonoran Desert and on the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

Identification: Cardón occurs as very tall columns, sometimes branched, up to 36' (11 m) high, with trunks 24" (60 cm) in diameter. They closely resemble Saguaros, a related species, and play a similar ecological role. Stems are strongly furrowed with 10-16 ribs, dark green or bluish green, becoming yellow green. Multiple white flowers appear near the tips, each up to 3" (8 cm) long. They are shaped like funnels or bells. Spherical fruits are covered with yellowish brown fine hairs and bristles, and are 2½" (7 cm) long.

Pachycereus pringlei (Cardón, Cardón Gigante, Cardón Pelón, Sagueso, Sahuaso)

Green fruit (left), mature fruit, and the fruit interior. By Wilfredor.

References:

Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 536

Online References:

Pachycereus pringlei on CactiGuide.com

Pachycereus pringlei on Wikipedia

Pachycereus pringlei on Desert-tropicals.com

Pachycereus pringlei on Wikimedia Commons

Pachycereus pringlei on CalPhotos

Pachycereus pringlei description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Pachycereus pringlei (Cardón, Cardón Gigante, Cardón Pelón, Sagueso, Sahuaso)

10/2/2016 · Islands in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico · By Constance B. Kent

Pachycereus pringlei (Cardón, Cardón Gigante, Cardón Pelón, Sagueso, Sahuaso)

9/20/2014 · Islands in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico · By Constance B. Kent

Range: Zones 10-12:

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