|Full Description: Cactus species Polaskia chende A large tree like cactus that has green to light green colored stems that average 3"+ in diameter, multi-branching with age, a large Polaskia Chende can reach 20 ft. tall.
Stem growth averages 7-9 ribs, areoles closely spaced on young stems 3/4" on average apart, 5 radials. The flesh inside the stems is saffron yellow color, hence its been sometimes referred to as the 'Yellow Cactus' even though the exterior is primarily green. Flowers are white with pink on petal tips, followed by edible berry like fruit. Very draught tolerant once well established. Makes for an attractive and interesting large landscape plant.
Common Names : Chende, Chinoa
Synonyms : Cereus chende, Lemaireocereus chende, Heliabravoa chende, Myrtillocactus chende.
Native to : Mexico-Oaxaca, Puebla. Distribution; Found on the Cerro Colorado and also near Acatepec (in Puebla) Jorge Meyrán García 1973; Occurs in Puebla (near Tehuacán and Tepeojuma) and Oaxaca (Oaxaca de Juarez 1500-2200 m; Rio de Oro Canyon near Tamazulapan, 1750m) in Mexico. Backeberg 1960.
Flowers/ Fruit : The flowers average 2-1/2" to 3" in diameter, open almost flat, white colored with some pink on back petals. Blooms open early morning and are slightly fragrant. Fruits are small, berry like the size of a small walnut. The pulp inside is purple-red in color.
More Info. : The genus Polaskia was named in honor of Charles Polaski who was a cactus hobbyist from Oklahoma, U.S.A. There are 2 species in the genus the other species is Polaskia Chichipe which is commercially grown for the berry like fruit it produces. Both species closely resemble each other when young and are often confused for Stenocereus. A young Polaskia chende plant tends to have golden yellow spines which later turn grey in color. Polaskia chichipe has a grey-green exterior when young later turning to a lighter green color.
Offered as: A small offset to most mail order locations or small plant within the U.S. only, larger specimens are available within the U.S. only see info. below.
( Pictured below is Polaskia chende showing stem growth examples including a close up of the apex ).
5 gallon plant(s) up to larger specimen sized plant(s) are also available for shipping within the U.S.A. ONLY or for pick up at Epicacti Nursery-(our walk-in open to the public nursery). Simply click the link below to visit us or place an order/check availability with one of our friendly sales associates today!