ISI 2008-19. Fouquieria purpusii T.S.Brandegee

This has long been one of the least-cultivated of this genus of succulent shrubs, pachycauls and caudiciforms, and only recently has seed become available. This pachycaul succulent forms a gradually tapered light-green trunk ornamented with corky markings and bearing slender lateral branches armed with thorns. In growth, these branches are covered with linear leaves the same light-green color as the trunk. The species is known only from limestone in S Puebla and N Oaxaca, Mexico. HBG 97465, from hand-pollination of long-cultivated specimens grown at Orange Coast College by master propagator Joe Stead. $14.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 80 (2), March - April, 2008