senita cactus Cactaceae Pachycereus schottii (Engelm.) D.R. Hunt Listen to the Latin symbol: PASC14 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Reduced to a spine but often completely lacking spines, when present they are up to 4 inches, displayed in vertical rows along the bark ridges, areole clusters of up to 75 spines approximately 1 inch apart, may be so long and densely arranged as to appear hairy.
Flower: Attractive, creamy white to pink, 1 1/2 inches across, blooming at night for most of the summer, persisting for less than 24 hours.
Fruit: A small cylindrical to oval berry, spiny, red with a red pulp, edible.
Bark: A green, leathery thick skin with 5 to 10 prominent vertical ridges.
Form: Clustered, column-like branches sweeping upward from a central point, to 12 feet tall, clumps to 10 feet wide, individual stems approximately 6 inches.

Looks like: Andes organ pipe - organpipe cactus
leaf flower twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Pachycereus schottii is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting senita cactus.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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