Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Toothpick Cactus


This toothpick cactus had a lot of blooms on it when I saw it last weekend.  It's a large cactus, probably over 15 feet tall (5m). It's real name is Stetsonia Coryne and it's native to Argentina.  According to Wikipedia, it was named in honor of Frances Lynde Stetson, a New York attorney and plant lover.  I couldn't find any information as to why an Argentinian cactus ended up with the name of a New York lawyer.

13 comments:

Andy said...


Catus have such beautiful flowers.

Lowell said...

Funny, Sharon. An Argentinian cactus with a New York lawyer's name. Pretty though. We have a Stetson University in Deland, Florida. I don't think it came from Argentina, though. :)

Randy said...

What a beautiful bloom.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

They must have named the cactus after a lawyer during a time period when the plant was all thorns, and no flowers.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm always amazed at how exotic the cactus blooms are Sharon.. And this beauty comes with an intriguing story as well !

RedPat said...

He must have been big in the cactus circles!

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful macro!

glenda said...

I wonder why it's called toothpick cactus. I would guess it has long spines. Lovely flower.

Judy said...

Beautiful blooms on a prickly cactus.

Jack said...

So pretty, Sharon.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Travel, my deah, travel.

Thérèse said...

Explanation here:
http://www.warwickvalleyliving.com/home-and-garden/2-the-new-jersey-state-botanical-gardens
(a brief history)
What an incredible plant/flower!

JM said...

Gorgeous! And so well photographed. Great job.