Help Identifying Cactus

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  1. DemiSham

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    Please could someone help me identify the pictured cactus. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. joclyn

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    wow! that's gorgeous!!! i absolutely LOVE those spines!!!! very impressive ;0

    without seeing the flower, can't be sure.

    might be ferocactus. i'm still not all that good with id's yet, so i could be wrong.
     
  3. mywan

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    I have one cactus, and still trying to learn the basics, but this looks like one Lila Pereszke identified a few days ago as Pilosocereus azureus. Especially so if those larger cacti in the background are the same kind, just more mature. I 'think' the spine ridge count is too low for ferocactus. I'm assuming six total from the pic.
     
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    those in the background are a different type than the one in front.
     
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    three species of barrel cactus: mojepe siml ( 'saguaro barrel cactus', Ferocactus acanthodes), siml caacöl ('big barrel cactus', Ferocactus covillei) and siml áa ('true barrel cactus', Ferocactus wislizenii). The species F. covillei also had several other names
    I hope this helps
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  6. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, the large cacti in the background is really a Pilosocereus, (+Lophophora), but this one in the foreground is a Trichocereus chiloensis! :)
     
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    Hi again, sorry to confuse anyone, I should have been more specific about which cactus I needed to identify...this being the foreground one IE the Trichocereus chilensis...thankyou Lila & everyone else for their input :)
     
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    ahh, it's a trichocereus! i still get those two confused...
     
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    I'm not so much name confused as I am ignorant of ID features to look for. I know the basics of distinguishing cacti vs other spiny lookalikes and habitat variations important to care, but ID keys are still primarily just poorly defined guesses for me.
     

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