seeds of Trichocereus macrogonus
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Trichocereus macrogonus, is plant species of the cactus family Cactaceae. Other synonyms include Cereus magrogonus and Echinopsis macregona. Brazil is the original home of Trichocereus macrogonus. The plant was initially believed to be indigenous to Bolivia, but all that changed when the plant no longer grew in the country. The plant’s distribution stretches from Brazil to Argentina. The plant’s bluish-green stems are erect, columnar and have a length of 2 to 3 metres and a diameter of 5 to 9 cm. Trichocereus macrogonus has 6 to 9 ribs and brownish-yellow spines that exist in two groups of both long and short spines. Short spines are 6 to 9 in number and have a length of 2cm. Long spines, on the other hand, are 1 to 3 in number and have a length of 5 cm. The plant’s large white flowers are located on top of the stem and can reach up to 18 cm in length. Trichocereus macrogonus is unable to fertile itself which, therefore, means that one would have to get another plant for that purpose. Fruits are black, shiny, round and segmented. Trichocereus macrogonus contains a number of psychoactive alkaloids including mescaline. Mescaline is a psychedelic and can induce hallucinogenic experiences. Mescaline and other psychoactive alkaloids in the plant have been in a regular part of shamanic rituals over centuries. One can also grow Trichocereus macrogonus as an ornamental. Trichocereus macrogonus has few requirements for healthy growth given it is a hardy plant. Ideal soils should be well drained and have moderate moisture levels. Too much water is discouraged given it leads to the rotting of the roots. One can add substrates to the soil, e.g., pumice or seramis, to improve its drainage. Watering is useful in the summer given that’s when most of the plant’s growth takes place.
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