Espostoa melanostele

Product Description
$ 7.75

Espostoa melanostele

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. This plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Description: Espostoa melanostele is an attractive tall, greyish-green columnar cactus with much apical spination and pubescence, the hoary hairiness providing them a sturdy and more or less clean-cut appearance. It is similar to Espostoa lanata, but has rows of yellow needle-like spines; densely covered with white hair, the density increasing with age. Two subspecies are recognized, the nominate form and subsp. nana (F.Ritter) G.J.Charles. There is possibly a third undescribed subspecies. There is also a beautiful cristate form of the species, with dense white wool.

Habit: Shrub-like reaching 3 m in height (but usually less than 2 meters) branching from the base when fairly tall (at least 70-90 cm cm tall).

Stems: to 10 cm in diameter.

Ribs: About 18-25.

Areoles: Very numerous fairly close-set, the non-flowering with dense white or brownish hairs to 10 mm long clothing the whole stem.

Spines: Numerous at first yellow, later blackish.

Central spines: 1-3 the longest to 4-10 cm long.

Radial spines: 40-50 needle-like, spreading, shorter 5-10 mm long.

Cephalium: Lateral, whitish. yellow or brown, 50-70 cm long,
covering to 8 ribs.

Flowers: Bell shaped, 5-6 cm long and 5 cm across, scales of the pericarpel tiny, those of the tube larger hairy in the axils. Perianth white.

Fruits: Tiny-hardly bigger than a grape (less than 5 cm across) greenish-white, yellowish-white to reddish. The fruits are piquant, but tasty and edible.

Seeds: Circular, medium-sized, 1,1 x 1,0 mm, glossy, black-brown, periphery keeled; border expanded around hilum.


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Colder Regions Warning: We are now offering 72-hour heat packs for an additional $3.00 If your order is $50.00 or more, and if we think that it is necessary, you will get a heat pack free of charge.

To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

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Most of our plants come in a 3.5 inch pot