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Machaerocereus gummosus SEEDS

Machaerocereus gummosus SEEDS

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Machaerocereus gummosus, also known as the Pitaya Agria or Sour Pitaya, is a remarkable cactus species native to the Baja California region in Mexico. This cactus is distinctive for its sprawling, shrub-like growth habit, which can reach up to 2 meters in height. Unlike the typical upright cacti, Machaerocereus gummosus tends to grow in a more horizontal manner, with stems that often lie close to the ground or hang over rocks.

The cactus is characterized by its thick, fleshy stems that are armed with clusters of spines. These spines can vary in length and color, ranging from yellowish to gray, and provide the plant with a rugged, textured appearance. The stems are segmented and can branch extensively, creating a dense, tangled mass.

One of the most notable features of Machaerocereus gummosus is its fruit. The plant produces small, round fruits that are typically red or purple when ripe. These fruits, known as Pitaya Agria, are edible and have a sour taste, which is quite different from the sweet taste of the more commonly known dragon fruit. The fruit is used locally in the preparation of various dishes and beverages.

This cactus species thrives in arid, desert-like conditions and is well adapted to withstand drought. It prefers well-draining soil and requires minimal water, making it a suitable choice for xeriscaping and desert gardens. Machaerocereus gummosus is not only valued for its unique growth form and edible fruit but also for its ability to add an interesting visual texture and character to rock gardens, cactus collections, and natural landscaping projects. 

Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Machaerocereus

Botanical species: Machaerocereus gummosus

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