Neocardenasia herzogiana Backeb.
Neoraimondia herzogiana is a tree-like cactus, usually with a single, thorny stem that branches to form a candelabrum shape[
]. The plant can grow up to 18 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a wood substitute.
The main threat to this species is trampling from cattle, however this impact is minor as it mainly affects the seedlings. The species is tolerated by humans. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
S. America - Bolivia.
Moist chaco, mainly in plains and river valleys; it can also grow in disturbed areas used for cattle ranching; at elevations from 800 - 2,300 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Requires a position in full sun[
Fruit - raw. Tasty[
The main stem is used like wood. It is very durable when not in contact with the soil, though it is very susceptible to blue stain in humid conditions. It is easy to work and finishes well. It is used locally in construction, carpentry and for making furniture[
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