Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lophocereus schottii monstrose - "Totem Pole"

After my last post, the new anti-virus program I installed slowed both of our computers to a snail's pace, making it almost impossible to get anything done with the internet. But now it's working the way it's supposed to, so... Even though there's no flowers, these weird cacti (originally from Baja California) are always  quite striking. We really enjoy having them around.

Years ago a friend of ours had a really big one which was threatening to break the glass in the top of his greenhouse, so he gave it to his neighbor. His neighbor wasn't really that much of a succulent fancier, so he left it outside too late in the fall. Result: One large pile of mush. Oh well, not here. We like these things too much!

Of course it's Lophocereus schottii monstrose form (Synonym: Pachycereus schottii monstrose), the famous "Totem Pole" cactus.    

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