Columnar Cacti

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Coleocephalocereus

Coleocephalocereus: Erect and semi-erect columnar cacti from Brazil developing a cephalium with wool and bristles. Flowers medium sized and fruits top shaped.

Coleocephalocereus fluminensis
Coleocephalocereus fluminensis top cutting
(Plant in flower, collection AWM)
Coleocephalocereus goebelianus
Coleocephalocereus goebelianus top cutting
(Plant in flower, collection AWM)
Additional notes below
Coleocephalocereus buxbaumianus
Coleocephalocereus buxbaumianus: HBG 59877-A, BR495 Teofilo, Otoni 400m.
Coleocephalocereus fluminensis
Coleocephalocereus fluminensis: (Miqu.) Backbg. (T.) HU230 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Coleocephalocereus pluricostatus
Coleocephalocereus pluricostatus: (Buin.&Bred.) HU245 Minas Geraes Brazil 300m.
Second row of photographs
Copyright Bob Ressler, no reproduction without permission of the author.

Coleophalocereus goebelianus (Vpl) Ritt

Coleocephalocereus goebelianus comes from central Bahia, Brazil where it grows into a large plant up to two metres tall. When mature it produces a large bristly cephalium from which the rather small white nocturnal flowers emerge. Seedlings when small resemble a Melocacatus with hooked spines and in fact respond well to the same cultivation conditions - hot and relatively dry. They grow only slowly in th UK becoming columnar only after 4-5 years. The plant illustrated was from a habitat cutting (some 25 years ago) obtained from Mr Uebelmann's nusrsery in Switzerland. Cuttings such as this can be difficult to root and I had the plant for three years before it rooted by which time it was rather shrunken. In my desire to get it fattened up again I unfortunately over-watered it and lost it to a fungal rot attack. This was particularly unfortunate in that the black bristled cephalium on this particular specimen is less common than a more usual brownish one. While it was with me however it did flower and produce seed.

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