Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosa cv. ‘Short-Stemmed’ | Live plant

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Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosa cv. ‘Short-Stemmed’ | ‘Penis Plant’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis lageniformis f. monstrosa)

Freaky Cacti proudly offers limited stocks of young and healthy Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstrosa cv. ‘Short-Stemmed’, also known as the ‘Short-jointed Penis Plant’. These incredibly eye-catching rooted plants were organically grown in Spain and really do deserve a place in any true collector’s garden!

So, essentially, there are several fascinating mutant forms of Trichocereus bridgesii which are commonly available among collectors. These include a cristate form, two monstrose cultivars and a variegated type too. There are also two comparatively newer hybrids; the first exhibiting both cristate and monstrose growth, and the second, both monstrose and variegated growth. The two common ‘pure’ monstrose forms; Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstrosa ‘Short-Stemmed’ (listed here) and Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstrosa ‘Long-Stemmed’, can be told apart by the length of their stem sections, as well as by their spination and general habit. Both types are affectionately known by collectors by names such as ‘Frauenglück’, ‘The More Sensual of Cacti’, ‘Penis Cactus’, ‘Penis Plant’, ‘The Pornographic Cactus’ and ‘San Pedro Penis’ and are collectively synonymous with Echinopsis lageniformis forma monstrosa. Both of these ‘Penis Plant’ types are commonly also known as ‘Clone A’ and ‘Clone B’, depending on geographical location. Hence why we’ve chosen to list them as short-stemmed and long-stemmed, to avoid confusion!

This ‘Short-Stemmed’ bridgesii form was reportedly introduced by American collectors Ed and Betty Gay at some point during the 1960s and is a slow-growing, prostrate mutant which can reach up to forty centimetres or so high. As it matures it puts out multiple short, upright green stem sections which grow to roughly five centimetres in diameter by twenty centimetres tall. These branching clusters possess sporadic, honey-brown spines (up to approximately seven centimetres in length) and are usually penis-shaped. As far as we’re aware, this monstrose cactus is not known to produce flowers (at least, none of ours ever have).

Found growing naturally in the high deserts of Bolivia, bridgesii (closely-related to the famous ‘San Pedro’, or Trichocereus pachanoi, and ‘Peruvian Torch’, or Trichocereus peruvianus) is an impressive columnar cactus, known variously by the indigenous populations of Bolivia as ‘Achuma’ or ‘Wachuma’ – although these names are sometimes also used to describe pachanoi and peruvianus too. Although similar in many ways to its relatives in the Trichocereus genus, bridgesii is a much skinnier type than most, which is also slightly more prone to rot if over-watered. ‘Bolivian Torch’ can grow up to around five metres tall and to twenty centimetres in diameter, featuring evenly-spaced spination reaching eight centimetres or so in length.

We plant all our cacti in a well-drained soil mix of roughly equal parts soil and perlite (or similar material). Water only during the growing season, when the top layer of soil becomes dry, and fertilise during that period too. Avoid frosts – especially for sustained periods – and your cactus should be around for many years to come!

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