Marginatocereus Backeberg (1942)

planted very often as "living fence"
Common name: "Chilayo", "Órgano"

columnar cactus, stems grow vertical, also branching at the base, adulte plants to 5.9 in (15 cm) Ø
ribs 5–7; areoles almost confluent
only a few spines, short
flowers at night, white and rose red; fruits medium-sized, black, somewhat shiny

Highslide JS


Mexico - central and southern part
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Greater Antilles, Curaçao,
Venezuela, Columbia
warm steppes

Growth period

sunny and warm location
on a full sunny location also outdoors
not to sparse watering

Winter period

light and dry around 53–59°F (12–15°C)
as possible not colder than 50°F (10°C), otherwise the plants get ugly black spots
these spots are not removable


nutritious, minerally and permeable to water
addition of crushed bricks or somewhat else
Marginatocereus marginatus (De Candolle) Backeberg (1942)
Highslide JS
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Hidalgo, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Oaxaca


margined Marginatocereus (like a pearl band)
dark gray green
stems 9.8–16.4 ft (3–5 m) tall, to 5.9 in (15 cm) Ø
ribs 5–7, narrow edged
areoles almost confluent, brown felted

to 9 spines, very short, reddish at the new growth
flowers to 2 in (5 cm) long, to1.2 in (3 cm) Ø, short cylindical, fringe slightly bent backwards, white,
always 1 or 2 on one areole
fruits spherical, 1.6 in (4 cm) Ø, shiny, strong bumpy
seeds 4 mm long


Cereus marginatus De Candolle (1828)
Lemairocereus marginatus
(De Candolle) A. Berger (1929)
Stenocereus marginatus (De Candolle) Buxbaum (1961)
Pachycereus marginatus (De Candolle) Britton & Rose (1909)


Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.