Help Identifying Cactus

Cereus-validus fashizzle.youself at
Thu Apr 29 06:06:44 EST 2004

Your plant is an Opuntia showing abnormal etiolated growth from not
receiving enough light. Remove the scrawny new growth and move the plant to
a brighter location.

"Ben Rush" <kwendex at> wrote in message
news:d64f68f5.0404281841.20ede184 at
> Hello all,
> This is my first time posting to this group so I hope my question is
> fine.
> 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,
> Ben

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