Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstruosa inermis ‘Clone A’ | ‘Short-jointed Penis Plant’ | Rooted plant
Arkham’s Botanical proudly offers limited stocks of young and healthy Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstruosa inermis ‘Clone A’, also known as the ‘Short-jointed Penis Plant’. These incredibly eye-catching rooted plants were organically grown in Spain and really do deserve a place in any true collector’s garden!
So, essentially, there are several fascinating mutant forms of Trichocereus bridgesii. These include a cristate form, two monstrose cultivars and a variegated type too. There are also two newer hybrids, the first exhibiting both cristate and monstrose growth, the second, both monstrose and variegated growth.
The two ‘pure’ monstrose forms; Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstruosa inermis ‘Clone A’ (listed here) and Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstruosa inermis ‘Clone B’ (long-jointed), can be told apart by the length of their stem sections, as well as by their spination and general habit. Both types are affectionately known by collectors by names such as ‘Frauenglück’, ‘The More Sensual of Cacti’, ‘Penis Cactus’, ‘Penis Plant’, ‘The Pornographic Cactus’ and ‘San Pedro Penis’ and are collectively synonymous with Echinopsis lageniformis forma mostruosa inermis.
‘Clone A’ was reportedly introduced by American collectors Ed and Betty Gay at some point during the 1960s and is a slow-growing, prostrate mutant which can reach up to forty centimetres or so high. As it matures it puts out multiple short, upright green stem sections which grow to roughly five centimetres in diameter by twenty centimetres tall. These branching clusters possess sporadic, honey-brown spines (up to approximately seven centimetres in length) and are usually penis-shaped. As far as we’re aware, this monstrose cactus is not known to produce flowers (at least, none of ours ever have).
Found growing naturally in the high deserts of Bolivia, bridgesii (closely-related to the famous ‘San Pedro’, or Trichocereus pachanoi, and ‘Peruvian Torch’, or Trichocereus peruvianus) is an impressive columnar cactus, known variously by the indigenous populations of Bolivia as ‘Achuma’ or ‘Wachuma’ – although these names are sometimes also used to describe pachanoi and peruvianus too. Although similar in many ways to its relatives in the Trichocereus genus, bridgesii is a much skinnier type than most, which is also slightly more prone to rot if over-watered. This is probably our favourite species of the genus and it’s easy to grow too (following a similar approach as for ‘San Pedro’, ‘Peruvian Torch’, etc.).
‘Bolivian Torch’ can grow up to around five metres tall, and up to twenty centimetres in diameter. It has evenly spaced spines that can grow up to roughly eight centimetres long.
Grown organically in sunny Spain – Shipped from Spain
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