April 24, 2012

Cactus with Crazy Long Spines!

A few weeks ago, I lost my mind on eBay and bought quite a few cacti.  I have put a personal ban on myself for a while from purchasing more because I could see it quickly going down hill into a psychologically disturbed botanic mania.  Plus eBay is evil!!!  Something new and cool is always on there, and it's so easy to get absorbed into the frenzy.  Fortunately, I caught myself before any damage was done.

One of the plants I bought was being sold as a Cereus sp., but I have my serious doubts about that.  The reason I bought it was because OH MY GOD THE SPINES ARE RIDICULOUSLY LONG!  The trunk is about 7" tall, and the longest spines are nearly 4" long!!

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I've never seen anything like this one, and I have no idea what cactus it is.  If someone out there knows what this is, PLEASE TELL ME!  Until I get a proper plant ID, I will call it Rabid Baby Killer because babies are cute and so is this little guy.  :)



12 comments:

  1. omg...i am not a cactus person, really...it is awefully awesome though!!! i totally agree with you about E-Bay...it held me captive in the salt and pepper shaker department once and that was when i realized i had a problem! Maybe we can share a room in the looney bin? ;)

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    1. My grandmother collected salt and pepper shakers! I have no idea what happened to her collection when she died, but I hope someone (maybe you?) is enjoying it.

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  2. Wow. That's a spine or two! Have no idea what it is, but be sure that it doesn't grow like Audrey!

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    1. But it would be so cool if I had a musical plant!!!

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  3. I love the way you described yourself with ebay and this cactus. It certainly is for a horror movie! The species could have passed morbid experiences in its life to warrant evolutionary defense mechanisms like that! Amazing.

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    1. I have no idea what caused this plant to grow such long spines, but it is a formidable defense!

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  4. oooo, you got pulled down into the ebay hole. It's can be dark and lonely in there. It looks like you made some good choices though. I would not have thought to purchase plants on ebay, I didn't even know you could but that's the thing, you can get ANYTHING there!

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    1. eBay's pretty awesome for plants that are VERY hard to find, so you can find tons of rare plants that are rarely offered in the trade or plants that are very new. For instance, if you want an Amorphophallus titanum, your only option is eBay. I have not been able to locate it anywhere else.

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  5. texas toothpick

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  6. Trichocereus Chiloensis var. Borealis, I think :D

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