Encyclopedia Article for torch cactus

any of several ribbed, cylindrical cacti, in the family Cactaceae, native to South America. Echinopsis spachianus has erect columnar stems, branching at the base and rising to about 2 metres (6 feet) in height; it is about 7.5 cm (3 inches) thick. It bears fragrant, white, funnel-shaped flowers, up to 20 cm (8 inches) long, which open at night

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