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Pachycereus hollianus - (F.A.C.Weber in J.M.Coult.) Buxb.

Common Name Baboso, Acompes
Family Cactaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards Spines or sharp edges.
Habitats Tropical deciduous forest and xerophyllous scrub
Range Origin: Mesoamerica. Native to Mexico, endemic to the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán valley.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Pachycereus hollianus Baboso, Acompes

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The genus Pachycereus contains some of the largest growing cacti with species reaching 25m (82ft) in height. Pachycereus hollianus commonly know as Baboso is a shrubby or arborescent, clustering, plant 3 to 5 m high. All Pachycereus species are columnar and feature tree-like or shrubby growth with relatively large branches. It is endemic to the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Puebla. This name, Pachycereus hollianus, is unresolved, but some data suggest that it is synonymous with Lemaireocereus hollianus (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose.

Physical Characteristics

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Pachycereus hollianus is an evergreen Perennial growing to 4 m (13ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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This name is unresolved, but some data suggest that it is synonymous with Lemaireocereus hollianus (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose .

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known. Some species in this genus have edible fruit or seeds but no reference come be found for Pachycereus hollianus

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Carbon Farming Solutions - Agroforestry Services: living fence (Agroforestry is a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland). Gardening: Fence, Landscaping, Ornamental. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Regional Crop

Climate: subtropical to tropical. Humidity: arid to semi-arid. Grows in dry deciduous forests and arid scrubland, at elevations between 1500 and 1800m (4900 and 5900ft.). It is tolerated in agricultural lands and used as living fences. It thrives in hot, dry climates and may tolerate mild frost once established. Water Requirements: Low. Drought Tolerant. Soil pH requirements: 6.1 (mildly acidic) to 7.8 (mildly alkaline). Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: regional crop (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Agroforestry Services: Living fence  Simply managed rows of shrubs and trees.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Plant Propagation

Seed sown directly and stem cuttings. Allow cut surface to callous over before planting. Plant is viviparous (reproducing from buds which form plantlets while still attached to the parent plant,).

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Baboso, Acompes

Native to Mexico, endemic to the Mexican States of Oaxaca and Puebla

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Know. It can be an aggressive colonizer and tolerates disturbance but is tolerated by people.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Least Concern

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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(F.A.C.Weber in J.M.Coult.) Buxb.

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