Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Maihuenia poeppigii

This is certainly one of the most strange and unusual plants in the cactus family. From higher elevations in Chile and a few places in Argentina, it is quite hardy and can survive hard frosts and a fair amount of rain. It's possible it could even be used in green roof construction.
In habitat, it forms mats up to a meter across and produces long yellow fruit which is edible.

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