Specimen Size: 5.5" tall by 2.5" in diameter.
Cactus species Cereus validus is a large columnar tree like cactus multi-branched cactus, can grow up to 15 feet tall, individual stems diameters up to 5"+ inches. Stem growth features 4 to 8 ribs; 1 or occasionally 2 or 3 central spines with 5 to 7 radials spines. Younger stem growth tends to be light to darker green and more narrow with older growth becoming grey-green and thicker. Makes an excellent large landscape cacti requiring very little water once established.
Common name : Orange cactus apple.
Synonyms : Piptanthocereus validus, Cereus forbesii, Piptanthocereus forbesii, Cereus hankeanus
Native to : South America-primarily Argentina & Bolivia. Habitat in Argentina; Catamarca , Chaco , Córdoba , Formosa , north of San Luis , Jujuy , La Rioja , Salta and Santa Fe. Habitat in Bolivia; Chuquisaca , Santa Cruz and Tarija.
Flowers : Are white with some light Pink tips, darker pink back petals. Nocturnal blooming, flowers are produced in mid to late summer. Long 10"+ flower tube.
Fruit : Has an orange exterior with white colored flesh & is edible. Fruit averages slightly smaller than a baseball in diameter. Fruit is mildly sweet.
More Info : Etymology-Cereus in Latin translates to literally meaning "candle" which refers to its elongated shape, or perfectly straight. Validus in Latin translates to mean "strong". The first description of Cereus Validus but under the synonym Piptanthocereus validus was by Adrian Hardy Haworth and was published in 1831.
There are two somewhat commonly found variants of this species in a Montrose form and a spiral form.
Care : Easy to care for especially once well rooted, then very drought tolerant. Not particularly picky about soil types. Likes full sun and occasional water in summer months little to no water required in winter. Can be somewhat cold sensitive recommended for zones 9a and up. Can take brief overnight temps down to 28 degrees.