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Subfamily: Cactoideae Tribe: Pachycereeae

Pachycereus is a genus of 9–12 species of large cacti native to Mexico and southern Arizona, USA. They form large shrubs or small trees up to 15 m or more tall, with stout stems up to 1 m in diameter.

Pachycereus comes from the ancient Greek pakhus meaning "thick" and the Latin cereus meaning "torch".

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