Golden Rat Tail
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Golden Rat Tail
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Tabish
Common name: Golden Rat Tail
Botanical name: Cleistocactus winteri    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Golden Rat Tail is an attractive cactus mostly grown in hanging baskets. It is a branching cactus with spreading, arching, pendant, or trailing stem that can grow up to 1 m long and up to 2.5 cm wide. It has many short bristly golden spines that literally cover the surface of the stems. Flowers are vivid orange to salmon-pink, up to 6 cm long, up to 5 cm across and very showy. They are repetitively and freely produced on mature plants in spring and summer and can last for several days. Golden Rat Tail is endemic to Bolivia

Identification credit: Sujith Cariappa Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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