Silver Torch Cactus   
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Silver Torch Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Saba Firoze
Common name: Silver Torch Cactus
Botanical name: Cleistocactus strausii    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Silver torch cactus is a pretty cactus native to the high mountains of Bolivia and Argentina. Its slender, erect, grey-green columns can reach a height of 10 ft, but are usually only about 2.5 in across. The columns are formed from around 25 ribs and are densely covered with areoles, supporting four yellow-brown spines up to 2 in long and 20 shorter white radials. Older cactuses, over 1.5 ft tall, produce deep red, burgundy, flowers in late summer. The 3 in long cylindrical flowers protrude horizontally from the columns. In common with other cacti in the genus Cleistocactus, the flowers hardly open, with only the style and stamens protruding.

Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.
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