Stephanocereus luetzelburgii Vaupel n p Taylor Eggli

1991 BOTTLE CACTUS

Cereus luetzelburgii Vaupel 1923-1924, Pilocereus luetzelburgii (Vaupel) Werdermann 1933, Cephalocereus luetzelburgii (Vaupel) Borg 1951, Pilosocereus luetzelburgii (Vaupel) Byles & G. D. Rowley 1957, Pseudopilocereus luetzelburgii (Vaupel) Buxbaum 1968, Coleo-cephalocereus luetzelburgii (Vaupel) Buxbaum 1972

Plants erect, usually unbranched, 1-1.5 m (3.3-4.9 ft) high. Stems dark green, globose, becoming elongate ovoid, later bottle shaped and forming necks 60-80 cm (24-31 in) long. Ribs 13-16. Central spines 4-5, stout, yellow, becoming gray, to 3 cm (1.2 in) long. Radial spines 15-18, needle-like, yellow to gray, to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) long. Cephalia apical, with dense wool. Flowers borne in clusters just below the stem tips, bell shaped to funnelform, white to slightly pink, to 2.6 cm (1 in) long and 1.5 cm (0.6 in) in diameter. Fruits depressed globose, green, becoming blue, 2.5-3.5 cm (1-1.4 in) in diameter. Distribution: Bahia, Brazil.

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