Cleistocactus pachycladus

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Cleistocactus pachycladus
Order : Clove-like (Caryophyllales)
Family : Cactus family (Cactaceae)
Subfamily : Cactoideae
Tribe : Trichocereeae
Genre : Cleistocactus
Type : Cleistocactus pachycladus
Scientific name
Cleistocactus pachycladus
( Rauh & Backeb. ) Ostolaza

Cleistocactus pachycladus is a species of plant in the genus Cleistocactus from the cactus family(Cactaceae). The specific epithet pachycladus means 'with thick branches'.


Cleistocactus pachycladus grows shrubby and is often semi-prostrate with the shoot tip pointing upwards. The grass-green to gray-green shoots with diameters of 3 to 10 centimeters and lengths of 1 to 3 meters. There are seven to twelve notched ribs . The areoles on it are not close together. The strong, gray, ribbed central spine is up to 7 inches long. The needle-like, strong six to twelve radial spines are initially yellowish-brown and later turn gray. They are up to 1.5 inches long.

The straight flowers are vermilion and up to 9 inches long. The fruits are green.

Distribution, systematics and endangerment

Cleistocactus pachycladus is common in the Peruvian regions of Lima and Ica at altitudes of 1800 to 3000 meters. It was first described as Loxanthocereus pachycladus in 1957 by Werner Rauh and Curt Backeberg . Carlos Ostolaza placed it in the genus Cleistocactus in 1998 .

In the Red List of Threatened Species of the IUCN , the species is listed as " Least Concern (LC) ". H. listed as not endangered.



Individual evidence

  1. Descriptiones Cactearum Novarum . 1957, p. 16.
  2. Cactaceae Consensus Initiatives . Number 6, 1998, p. 8.
  3. Cleistocactus pachycladus in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013.2. Posted by: Ostalaza, C., Cáceres, F. & Roque, J., 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2014.