Cleistocactus winteri

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Cleistocactus winteri
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cleistocactus
Species: C. winteri
Binomial name
Cleistocactus winteri
D. Hunt

Cleistocactus winteri is a succulent of the Cactaceae family. Its common name is the golden rat tail. It is one of three species referred to as rat tail cactus. This plant forms huge tangled mounds of fairly rapid growth. It has many short bristly golden spines that literally cover the surface of the stems.