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Marginatocereus marginatus (DC.) Backeb.

Mexican fence post cactus, organ pipe cactus, Mexican fencepost

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Mexican fence post cactus is native to Mexico.

Identification: These cacti reach 5-10' (1.5-3 m) in height, and up to a maximum of 20' (6.1 m). They grow in clusters, branched at the base, but unbranched above. The straight columns are 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) around, with 5-7 ribs. Pink or greenish-white flowers 1¼-1½" (3.2-4.2 cm) around grow along the edges of the ribs, becoming dark red fruits ¼" (8.4 mm) in diameter.

Edibility: The small red fruits are edible, and very sweet.

Online References:

Marginatocereus marginatus on

Marginatocereus marginatus on CactiGuide.com

Marginatocereus marginatus on Desert-tropicals.com

Marginatocereus marginatus on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

Marginatocereus marginatus on

Pachycereus marginatus

Cereus marginatus

Lemaireocereus marginatus

Stenocereus marginatus

Cereus gemmatus

Cereus gemmatus Otto

Cereus marginatus DC.

Lemaireocereus marginatus (DC.) A. Berger

Lophocereus marginatus (DC.) S.Arias & Terrazas

Marginatocereus marginatus var. oaxacensis Backeb.

Pachycereus marginatus (DC.) Britton & Rose

Stenocereus marginatus (DC.) A. Berger & Buxb.

Stenocereus marginatus var. gemmatus Bravo

Lemaireocereus margi


Marginatocereus marginatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Marginatocereus marginatus (Mexican fence post cactus, organ pipe cactus, Mexican fencepost)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Ari­zona
≈ 29 × 43" (73 × 110 cm)

Marginatocereus marginatus (Mexican fence post cactus, organ pipe cactus, Mexican fencepost)

2/24/1998 · Antigua ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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