Elephant Cactus Seeds (Pachycereus pringlei) 20+Seeds
Elephant Cactus - The generic name refers to the lower portion of the trunk that resembles an elephant's leg: pachy, "stout trunked," and cereus, "columnar cactus." The specific epithet refers to Cyrus Guernsey Pringle who was a Quaker, American botanist, and plant collector. He also was a plant breeder on his farm in Vermont, keeper of the herbarium at the University of Vermont during 1902, and collected extensively in the Pacific states and Mexico between 1880 and 1909.
A giant cactus growing to 20 m (60 feet) high with a columnar trunk up to 1.5 m (4-1/2 ft) wide. The trunk and branches have 11 to 17 ribs covered with many areoles of 20 to 30 gray spines. White flowers bloom from March to June, and then form tan bristly fruits.
Cardón grows on rocky hillsides and deep soils of alluvial fans off the eastern base of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, in the southern San Felipe Desert, and level plains from San Felipe and El Rosario south to the Cape Region. Cardón is also found on many Gulf of California Islands and in coastal Sonora south to Guaymas. It often mixes with the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) on the Sonoran side of the Gulf. The Saguaro is not native to Baja California.