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
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.
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Pachycereus pringlei on CalPhotos
Pachycereus pringlei description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 10-12: