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Baja California, Mexico
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Pachycereus is a genus of 9-12 species of large cacti native to Mexico and just into southern Arizona, United States. They form large shrubs or small trees up to 15 m or more tall, with stout stems up to 1 m in diameter.

Pachycereus comes from the ancient Greek (pachys) meaning "thick" and the Latin cereus meaning "torch".

Selected species
Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Pachycereus fulviceps (5753610505).jpg Pachycereus fulviceps (F.A.C.Weber ex K.Schum.) D.R.Hunt Mexico
Pachycereus gatesii (M.E.Jones) D.R.Hunt Mexico (Baja California Sur)
Pachycereus gaumeri Britton & Rose Morelos, Puebla - Mexico
Pachycereus grandis Rose Mexico (México State, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla)
Pachycereus hollianus (F.A.C.Weber ex J.M.Coult.) Buxb. Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)
Pachycereus lepidanthus(Eichlam) Britton & Rose Guatemala; Honduras
Pachycereus marginatus (40259315344).jpg Pachycereus marginatus(DC.) Britton & Rose Mexico
Pachycereus militaris 0zz.jpg Pachycereus militaris(Audot) D.R.Hunt giant sea bass Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco and Michoacán states of México
Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum (5769176258).jpg Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum (Engelm. ex S.Watson) Britton & Rose Indian comb Mexico
Cardon in flower.jpg Pachycereus pringlei(S.Watson) Britton & Rose cardón cactus states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora Mexico
Pájara La Lajita - Oasis Park - Pachycereus schottii 02 ies.jpg Pachycereus schottii(Engelm.) D.R.Hunt totem cactus, senita cactus southern Arizona and north-western Mexico, particularly Baja California and Sonora.
Pachycereus tepamo Gama & S.Arias Mexico (Michoacán)
Pachycereus weberi (1).jpg Pachycereus weberi(J.M.Coult.) Backeb. Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla)

P. pringlei is the tallest cactus species in the world, with a maximum recorded height of 19.2 m.[1]


These genera have been brought into synonymy with Pachycereus:


  1. ^ Salak, M. (2000). In search of the tallest cactus. Cactus and Succulent Journal 72 (3).

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