Trichocereus macrogonus "Big Mac" Species
Cactus species Trichocereus macrogonus is a tall columnar cactus species with stems averaging 8' to 10'+ feet tall and 2" to 3-1/2" inches in diameter. The stems are a bluish-green in color with an average of 6 to 9 prominent ribs. The gray colored areoles have yellow-brown spines, there are 1 to 3 longer central spines, up to 2" inches long, and 6 to 9 shorter radial spines, up to 3/4" to 1" long. This species will branch when older with arms usually naturally emerging from the base, some side growth, giving it a more shrubby or candelabra form. An easy to grow columnar cactus with medicinal properties that also makes for a stately looking addition to the cactus garden or landscape.
Specimen Size: 8" tall by 2" in diameter, with a pup.
Common names : "Big Mac"
Synonyms : Trichocereus macrogonus an older name but commonly used/traded as, this species is now scientifically classified as Echinopsis macrogona. Other synonyms; Cereus macrogonus.
Native to : Bolivia
Flowers : Large, nocturnal white colored flowers. Blooms average 6" to 8"+ in diameter. Blooming occurs spring thru mid-summer.
Notes : When young Trichocereus Macrogonus tends to have more bluish-green colored stems with tip growth or apex often a lighter lime green color, often has interesting patterns on new growth. Older growth tends to turn a more bluish-gloucous grey in color as it ages.Trichocereus macrogonus Aka "Big Mac" is a close relative to Trichocereus pachanoi-"San Pedro Cactus", Trichocereus peruvianus and Trichocereus bridgesii.
Trichocereus macrogonus "Big Mac" also has medicinal uses by native shamans; it contains less than 1% of 3, 4 dimethoxyphenylethylamine, less than 1% of 3-methoxytyramine, less than 1% of tyramine and more than 5% of mescaline. The analysis above is an average and is subject to changes depending on soil alkalinity, growing conditions, water given, care etc.
Care : Full sun-can tolerate some shade but will get skinny growth in low light conditions, likes regular water in summer for fast growth but drought tolerant once well established. Little to almost no water in winter. Hardy to 28 degrees for brief periods.