Blue Trichocereus growing at GF’s home in Oakland in 2002.
This was the original mother growing at GF’s in Oakland.
I would refer to this as a macrogonus. Or at least it nicely fits one of the views of that ill-fated name macrogonus.
It was in really poor shape but has spawned some offspring.
More views of that sad plant from the same year:
After GF died a few years later, the lower parts of the mother plant were lifted from their soil, scrubbed clean of visible scale and moved.
It put on a series of rather blue pups which have been rooted and given away and one which is still here.
This is one such pup that formed here (shown rooted in 2010).
The mother plant has continued to deteriorate and is now almost dead.
Below is the remnant of that same original base (and a spine close-up) in July 2015.
Notice the girth of the original cutting producing this mother plant. (Some green tissue still exists but the odd green color is latex house paint.)
After rooting and growing in brighter light the cuttings shown above started to look a bit different.
While it has not grown all that much, considering it has been living on a NW facing slope under 40m tall trees it is actually a minor miracle that it has done so well. The past two years it has been in a shadehouse during Winter and moved outdoors in Summer.
The following images of the remaining rooted pup were taken on 7 July 2015.
The above is a mate to what is shown below (pictures taken just before being mailed):
And there is also an unrooted cutting taken from the, now weakening, original cutting obtained from the mother plant at GF’s. (9 July 2015) That too has recently found a nicer home than here.
It will be interesting to learn what it grows to look like once it has some real sun and root space in its life.