Help Identifying Cactus

Cereus-validus fashizzle.youself at
Thu Apr 29 13:20:51 EST 2004

Your experience with aquatics does not help at all for identifying
xerophytic plants, Moonbeam.

Opuntia compressa is an invalid name, often misapplied to Opuntia humifusa
but is actually a synonym of Opuntia ficus-indica. In any case, Opuntia
humifusa is a prostrate grower not upright.

Most certainly it is not a hybrid.

Cannot identify species unless it is properly grown and in flower.

"Moontanman" <moontanman at aol.comnospam> wrote in message
news:20040429014113.12062.00000565 at
> >
> >My wife and I acquired a fairly curious cactus about two or three
> >years ago and it has been getting more and more "curious" as time goes
> >on. It's strange to me as I've never seen anything like it. It's very,
> >very thin and keeps growing upwards as opposed to outwards. The thorns
> >on it are more like tiny little, hairy bristles. And every so often
> >from the base to the tip it seems to get a oddly placed 'bulge'. It
> >also appears to grow in sections (I think this may be typical of
> >cacti, but I'm not sure), with the spring section appear much brighter
> >in coloration than the older sections.
> >
> >It's about a foot tall now (perhaps an inch over). I have a picture of
> >it here -
> >
> >
> >
> >If someone could lend me some assistance in identifying what in the
> >world this thing is it would be most appreciated. We live in Nebraska
> >and it was given to us by some people we knew at the time as a gift
> >(they spotted it growing in their garden area completely unannounced).
> >
> >Thanks in advance,
> >
> I think it is almost certinly a species of Opuntia, possibly a hybrid or a
> plant distrorted by light levels less than optimal. Possibly O. compressa,
> Opuntias can vary greatly in form due to environmental conditions. I found
> specimen growing at the bottom of a pipe standing in an abandoned gas
> that looked like no other species i had ever seen but when given idea
> conditions it turned out to be a species common to my area.
> Moon
> I breed dwarf crayfish for planted aquariums and grow trees in aquariums.
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