Cereus validus f. monstrose


Cereus 'Ming Thing'

Cereus 'Ming Thing', also known as Cereus validus f. monstrose, is a monstrose form of Cereus validus. It is a unique cactus, up to 12…

SOLVED: Three weird cactus

My daughter brought these home, and I have not been able to ID any of them on the net or in any of my books. Any ideas?

We call this the brain cactus.

I don't know any of them but I have the top one (at least I think it's the same!) and I'd love to know.

Here's what I have. and what it looks like when it's been neglected! I have it labeled as "Echinopsis species cristata minima (Mini crest)" and marked with a note "Filtered to full sun."

edited for clarity. not sure it improved

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This is a particularly lousy photo but it could be awhile before I could take another so here goes. This was another one in pretty poor condition when I got it. (Now I REALLY have to take another picture to see if I'm nursing it back or making it worse. ) Any chance this one is the same as the one in your third picture?

Jen, your fist picture is the same as mine, thank you for that name! Your second is also my third, no tag? Waaaa. Lolol.

Jen, your first picture is the same as my first, thank you for that name! Your second is also my third, no tag? Waaaa. Lolol.

The first one is a Crested Echinopsis (species unknown), Common cultivar name is "caterpillar plant"
The second one, is also crested, Possibly of the Opuntia or Cylindropuntia or Austrocylindropuntia Genera. With a detailed closeup shot I could give a better ID.
The third one is "Cereus forbesii cv. Ming Thing" (a Crest of a Monstrose of Cereus forbessii).

Your first one is simliar to ladyanne's first one except, Yours is the darker colored version (probably a different species of Echinopsis).
Your second one, Yes, is "Cereus forbesii cv. Ming Thing" (a Crest of a Monstrose of Cereus forbessii).

BTW--- Cereus forbesii was reclassified to be a synonym of Cereus validus. So that would make it 'Cereus validus fa. monstrose cristate cv. Ming Thing'

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Thank you, Xeno! I'll go update my journal. :)

Xeno, I can't thank you enough! I hope this is a better shot of the second one.

I believe #4 is Cereus Forbesii "Ming Thing"

Oh oh, you mean number three? Oh, no I am confused, lolol.

On your second photo of the second one.
I collect every crested cacti I can find, but I don't have this one, nor have I seen one identical to this, so. I don't recognize it.
Are those hairs or thin white spines?
If they are hairs, then it's most likely an 'Austrocylindropuntia species. fa. cristate'
It Doesn't look like Austrocylindropuntia subulata, or Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica, or Austrocylindropuntia vestita.
If they are spines then I'm almost stumped. LoL.

They are not soft, Xeno. Nope. I removed a tiny piece of debris from it before I took the picture and it STILL hurts. Arizona, huh? Hmmm. if and when it makes babies, I will be sure to let you know. Stumped? Really? Doggone it. I did buy a whole bunch more of unidentified cactus. want more puzzles?

Sure, bring it on. :-) ( the unidentified cactus)

As for the babies. It probably won't make baby's.
It is propagated by clipping off one of the parts that stick out from the rest, and then letting the wound dry-out for a week or so, and then putting it in the soil.
The new roots will sprout from the areoles. so be sure to clip a big enough branch that has enough areoles to go below the soil line.
I could trade you a newly rooted 'Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mammillata f. monstrose cristate' plant.
The common name is 'Crested Boxing Glove'.

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This is an unknown Crassula (Cactus #4)

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Another unknown Crassula (cactus #5)

I don't recognize the crassula, you might want to post it in the Cactus and Succulents forum, There are some true wiz's there who will know it.


My new Cereus forbesii f. monstrose ‘Ming Thing’ on 7-19-16, #274-22.

FORTUNATELY, THOUGH, I FOUND ANOTHER ONE, although MUCH smaller at Wal-Mart on 2-1-16.

Cereus forbesii f. monstrose ‘Ming Thing on 5-31-17, #339-6.

The plant was pretty nice and well-shaped…

Cereus forbesii f. monstrose ‘Ming Thing’ on 9-5-17, #371-8.

Of course, the crickets had to sample this one, too. The two little plants in the pot are from the Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother-of-Thousands).

I had to move the plants inside for the winter on 10-17-17. I always photograph and measure the cactus when I move them inside and it measured it on 10-17-17 and it was 2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide… SO, it is growing although VERY SLOWLY!

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