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Subject: world's tallest home grown cactus
From: Alex Bunkenburg
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 02:03:13 -0700
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Hi cactus and succulent friends!
I found this on the BBC news website. Have you heard about it?
I suspect it's a Euphorbia, since that size cacti are not poisonous
(except T. pachanoi maybe). 13.5 meter doesn't sound that much.
What size do saguaros achieve?
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Subject: world's tallest cactus
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I am sure you knew it before, but if you do not:
Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Published at 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
World: South Asia
Indian cactus displays towering
Prickly problem: The cactus is surrounded by barbed wire
When an Indian couple bought a small cactus for their garden 20 years
ago they little suspected it would land them in the Guinness Book of
The spikey giant which dwarfs their
home became the world's tallest
cactus this year after growing to
almost 13.5 metres.
Dr A K Kashi, an agricultural
scientist, and his wife Joythi bought
the plant at a railway station in
It first entered the Guinness Book of Records
in 1993 when it became the tallest home grown
But this did not curb the couple's enthusiasm -
nor that of the cactus.
Mrs Kashi says the trick was a little
water and manure and some severe
The cactus attracts hundreds of
visitors to their garden in Karnataka,
But they have had to cover it in
barbed wire because its stem and
spines are poisonous.
The plant itself needs protection
from excess rains, ants and other
It bears flowers from July to
October but each blooms for only one night.
The prickly monster still seems to be growing and Mrs Kashi says it
could survive for a century.