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Subject:      world's tallest home grown cactus
From:         Alex Bunkenburg
Date:         Thu, 10 Sep 1998 02:03:13 -0700  
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--------------61F9F8FCC0021C1E063682BB Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; x-mac-type="54455854"; x-mac-creator="4D4F5353" Hi cactus and succulent friends! I found this on the BBC news website. Have you heard about it? I suspect it's a Euphorbia, since that size cacti are not poisonous (except T. pachanoi maybe). 13.5 meter doesn't sound that much. What size do saguaros achieve? LOve ALex --------------61F9F8FCC0021C1E063682BB Content-type: message/rfc822 Return-Path: <> Delivery-Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 23:47:21 +0100 Received: from (actually host hawaii) by vanuata with SMTP DCS (MMTA); Wed, 9 Sep 1998 23:45:11 +0100 Received: from hawaii by (SMI-8.6/Dumb) id XAA07950; Wed, 9 Sep 1998 23:44:39 +0100 Sender: Message-ID: <> Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 23:44:38 +0100 From: Jean-Christophe Nebel <> Organization: University of Glasgow X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (X11; I; SunOS 5.5.1 sun4m) To: Alex Bunkenburg <> Subject: world's tallest cactus MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" I am sure you knew it before, but if you do not: Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Published at 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK World: South Asia Indian cactus displays towering ambitions Prickly problem: The cactus is surrounded by barbed wire When an Indian couple bought a small cactus for their garden 20 years ago they little suspected it would land them in the Guinness Book of Records. The spikey giant which dwarfs their home became the world's tallest cactus this year after growing to almost 13.5 metres. Dr A K Kashi, an agricultural scientist, and his wife Joythi bought the plant at a railway station in 1978. It first entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1993 when it became the tallest home grown cactus. But this did not curb the couple's enthusiasm - nor that of the cactus. Mrs Kashi says the trick was a little water and manure and some severe pruning. The cactus attracts hundreds of visitors to their garden in Karnataka, Mysore. But they have had to cover it in barbed wire because its stem and spines are poisonous. The plant itself needs protection from excess rains, ants and other insects. It bears flowers from July to October but each blooms for only one night. The prickly monster still seems to be growing and Mrs Kashi says it could survive for a century. --------------61F9F8FCC0021C1E063682BB--