Cactus bud IDd as Cleistocactus winteri

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Hilary

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Cactus bud IDd as Cleistocactus winteri
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:15:29 PM »
This is growing on a balcony in Sparta .
Unfortunately we missed the flower
From my books it looks like a cleistocactus.
Any ideas?
« Last Edit: May 31, 2012, 01:42:19 PM by Alisdair »
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Alisdair

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Re: Cactus bud
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 03:20:14 PM »
My guess - and it is only a guess, I'm afraid - would be Cleistocactus winteri. From your photo it does look as if this young plant's many stems are beginning to sprawl or even hang, which is typical for that species. Also, though C. winteri has pink flowers, the outer parts are red, which makes the buds look red, like your Sparta plant.
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Hilary

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Re: Cactus bud
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 05:20:35 PM »
Thanks.
It looks pretty much like all the photos on the Internet.
It did have a very long sprawling bit which my son cut off.
In fact I wonder if it wasn't a small one which I had bought him originally and was the
 crest" shape.
Golden rat tail, what a hideous name
Apparently it can be grafted onto Hylocereus undatus.
Might try that sometime
Once more thanks,
Hilary
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Re: Cactus bud
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 09:19:30 AM »
It is Cleistocactus winteri.
The undulate form is  'forma cristata'
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Hilary

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Re: Cactus bud IDd as Cleistocactus winteri
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 07:41:28 PM »
Oron,
Many thanks for the identification
Another cactus is to follow
Hilary
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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John J

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Re: Cactus bud IDd as Cleistocactus winteri
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2019, 09:50:31 AM »
This thread hasn't been posted on for 7 years but I believe the photos below of one of our plants that has flowered this morning are of Cleistocactus winteri f. cristata. We've had it for a few years but this is the first time it has flowered.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)