Stetsonia coryne Species Plant
Cactus species Stetsonia coryne is a large tree-like cactus with individual stems grey-green colored approx. 4" inches + in diameter and can reach up to 25'+ ft. tall if ground planted under favorable conditions. Has long spines with 1 to 2 central spines 2-1/2" to 3-1/4" long and an average of 7 to 8 radial spines 1" to 1-1/2" long, white cotton like areoles. The spines emerge yellowish to brown or black in color but with age often turn greyish. This plant will eventually have multiple branches emerging from a main trunk once fully mature. The multi-branched head under optimal conditions can reach over 15'ft. wide.
Specimen Size: 5" tall by 3.5" in diameter.
Common names : Argentine Toothpick Cactus, Toothpick Cactus
Synomyns : Cereus coryne, Cereus chacoanus
Native to : The deserts in South America- Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. From (300 to 800) meters in elevation.
Flowers : Are white in a funnel form opening in evenings but often staying open into the following day. The flowers emerge laterally from the stems. Blooms spring to early summer.
Fruit : The fruit appears in late winter, is smooth skinned. Yellow to reddish colored exterior and white pulp. The tangy lemony rind is edible raw. The seed mass of black seeds are imbedded with the white pulp, is not usually eaten. The entire fruit can also be eaten if cooked.
More Info. : The genus Stetsonia is monotypic comprised of only this one species S.coryne. The genus Stetsoniawas named to honor an American; Francis Lynde Stetson-(1846-1920), a New York attorney, plant enthusiast and sponsor of several botanic exhibitions.
Care : Likes full sun and ample water to speed up growth but can be drought tolerant once well established. Little water required in winter. Cold hardy to 20F for brief periods, above 75F it is in full active growth. Likes semi-rich good draining soil. Easy to grow.