What is a san pedro cactus?

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What is a san pedro cactus?

Cacti owe their appearance to the extremely dry and hot environment they grow in. Cacti are commonly known for their thorns (which actually are dried out leaves), but some varieties have a different

What is a san pedro cactus?

San pedro - trichocereus pachanoi

Cacti owe their appearance to the extremely dry and hot environment they grow in. Cacti are commonly known for their thorns (which actually are dried out leaves), but some varieties have a different defense strategy and fight their eating enemies with poison. Some of those varieties are Peyote, Sunami, Pata de Venado, Pezuna de Venado, Tsuwiri, Bishop's cap, Aztekium Retterii and Astropytum Astrias.

According to researchers (like Backeberg) there are 47 subspecies of the Trichocereus family, with San Pedro aka Trichocereus Pachanoi being the best known variety. Others claim there are only 13 varieties and there are others besides Trichocereus Pachanoi containing Mescaline, but all of them are unquestionably originating from South-America.

The amount of Mescaline depends on the species and age of the cactus.

Botanical

The San Pedro is a quite fast growing cactus with a strong root system and pillars with 4-9 ribbons. The cactus branches from the base of the stem and will keep growing until its own weight causes it to collapse - only to root and start producing new branches again.

The cactus contains the more Mescaline right under the peel, the older it gets and the more heat it has gone through.

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