Lophocereus marginatus

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Lophocereus marginatus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Genus: Lophocereus
L. marginatus
Binomial name
Lophocereus marginatus
(DC.) S.Arias & Terrazas
    • Cereus cupulatus Pfeiff.
    • Cereus gemmatus Zucc. ex Pfeiff.
    • Cereus incrustans Steud.
    • Cereus incrustatus J.Forbes
    • Cereus marginatus DC.
    • Cereus marginatus f. gibbosus J.A.Purpus
    • Cereus mirbelii Pfeiff.
    • Echinopsis gemmata (Otto ex Pfeiff.) K.Schum.
    • Lemaireocereus marginatus (DC.) A.Berger
    • Marginatocereus marginatus (DC.) Backeb.
    • Marginatocereus marginatus var. oaxacensis Backeb.
    • Pachycereus marginatus (DC.) Britton & Rose
    • Pachycereus marginatus var. gemmatus (Otto ex Pfeiff.) P.V.Heath
    • Pachycereus marginatus f. gibbosus (J.A.Purpus) P.V.Heath
    • Pachycereus marginatus var. oaxacensis (Backeb.) P.V.Heath
    • Stenocereus marginatus (DC.) A.Berger & Buxb.
    • Stenocereus marginatus var. gemmatus (Zucc. ex Pfeiff.) Bravo

Lophocereus marginatus is a species of plant in the family Cactaceae. It is sometimes called Mexican fencepost cactus.[2] It has columnar trunks that grow slowly to 12 feet (3.7 m) and may reach 20 feet (6.1 m) in height. Stems are 3 to 4 inches (9–10 cm) in diameter, with ribs 5 to 7 in (13–18 cm). Its central spine is about 3/8 inch (1 cm) in diameter with five to 9 radials and slightly yellowish in color. Its cuttings are sometimes used to create fences, as its spines are not as large or dangerous as some cacti.[2]


The species is native to Mexico.[1] It is also found in U.S. states that border Mexico: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lophocereus marginatus (DC.) S.Arias & Terrazas". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Mexican Fencepost Cactus". Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Pachycereus marginatus". University of Arizona.
  • NL Britton, JN Rose, (1909). The genus Cereus and its allies in North America.