Fascinating Freak

“Let us permit nature to have her way.  She understands her business better than we do.”  ~Michel de Montaigne

I don’t know why or how mother Nature produces some plants that are considered as odd, different or mutant.  One thing I’m certain though is that some these plants are strangely beautiful even though they are considered as “freaks of nature”.  Take for example the Cereus spegazzini;  while most species of Cereus (also known as Torch cactus) have columnar shapes, this plant often has a crested form.

My very own shrubby C. spegazzini plant has many branches with the  stems erect, arching, or nearly prostate.  Those stems are long , cylindrical, and blue-green often marbled with white. In addition, I have observed that its 3 to 5 ribs are distinctly tuberculate to toothed;  the areoles borne at tubercle tips are widely separated; and the 15mm long blackish spines are 2-3 at first, and then become as many as 6 later on.


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