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Oreocereus arboreus SUPER SPINES AE9 *

Oreocereus arboreus SUPER SPINES AE9 *

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Oreocereus arboreus is a species of cactus native to South America, specifically found in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile. This cactus is also known by several common names, including "Tree Cactus," "Old Man of the Mountain," and "Golden Old Man Cactus." Here are some key characteristics and information about Oreocereus arboreus:

  1. Appearance: Oreocereus arboreus is a tall, columnar cactus that can reach heights of up to 6 meters (approximately 20 feet) or more. It has a tree-like appearance with multiple branches or arms that extend from the main stem. The stem is covered in fine white spines and a woolly, whitish or golden-yellow substance, which gives it a distinctive appearance.

  2. Growth Habit: This cactus is slow-growing and may take many years to reach its mature height. The stem has multiple ribs along its length.

  3. Flowers: Oreocereus arboreus produces funnel-shaped flowers that can vary in color, typically ranging from white to pale pink or lavender. These flowers usually appear along the sides of the cactus stems during the flowering season.

  4. Habitat: Oreocereus arboreus is adapted to high-altitude environments in the Andes Mountains. It is often found at elevations ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 meters (approximately 6,500 to 11,500 feet) above sea level. It can tolerate cold temperatures and is well-suited to the harsh conditions of its native habitat.

  5. Conservation Status: Some populations of Oreocereus arboreus may be threatened due to habitat destruction and illegal collection. Like many cactus species, it is essential to protect and conserve these plants in their natural habitats.

  6. Cultivation: Oreocereus arboreus is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental cactus in succulent collections or gardens. When grown as a houseplant or in a garden, it requires well-draining soil, ample sunlight, and protection from extreme cold. Like most cacti, it should be watered sparingly and allowed to dry out between waterings.

  7. Legal Protection: In some regions, cacti, including Oreocereus arboreus, are protected by laws to prevent their removal from the wild and to conserve these unique and slow-growing plants.


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