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 can anyone help me ID this $20 gumtree special.

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PostSubject: can anyone help me ID this $20 gumtree special.   Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:43 pm

Can anyone help me identify this specimin.  Picked it up for $20, its about 2m tall.  pale green, with moderate amount of hair and long spines.  The new growth reminds me of Espostoa lanata but its not the same.

Pic of plant, aprox 2 m


close up of new growth;

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PostSubject: Re: can anyone help me ID this $20 gumtree special.   Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:25 pm

Not a bad buy for $20.
it does look like Espostoa Lanata,
maybe Espostoa Melanostele, but Espostoa Lanata has long spines and Melanostele has short spines and more hairy.
Any other thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: can anyone help me ID this $20 gumtree special.   Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:58 pm

Extremely good buy for $20, I have seen Espostoa that size fetch over $150. It looks fairly well grown too. Gotta be happy with that.

For ID I'm thinking Espostoa possibly Lanata, I'm no good with Espostoa ID.

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PostSubject: Re: can anyone help me ID this $20 gumtree special.   Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:43 am

Thanks rickyscactus & Hellonasty,

I figured it may have been a hard type to pin down type due to variable nature of the species. It was in a 150mm pot when i acquired it and it has a bit of a scar just above ground level at back but looks well sealed. Needless to say I was quite happy with my acquisition and for $20 it was hard to go wrong. Thanks again.
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