Cereus pecten-aboriginum Engelm. ex S.Watson
Pachycereus tehuantepecanus T.MacDoug. & Bravo
Cultivated plant in the Canary Islands
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Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum is a large, evergreen, succulent, tree-like plant crowned with many erect branches[
]. It grows 5 - 10 metres tall with a bole that can be 2 metres tall and up to 30cm in diameter[
The plant is used locally for its edible seed and dry fruits that can be used as combs.
Central America - Mexico.
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A plant of dry areas in the subtropics and tropics, where it is found at elevations from near sea level to more than 1,000 metres.
Requires a sunny position, though young plants appreciate a little shade[
]. Requires a well-drained soil. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
The seeds are ground into a meal and used in the preparation of cakes[
The plant is cultivated as a hedge in Mexico[
The burr-like fruits can be used as combs[
]. The fruits, which have a dry flesh and are covered with yellow
wool and long yellow bristles, are 60 - 75mm in diameter[
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