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Trichocereus huascha
This plant has a ripe fruit. Another picture in my attempts to educate all you about cacti. The fruit is ripe, so it split, exposing the many little black seeds inside the hairy (?) husk. The white mass is a matrix consisting of some sort of sugary stuff and much mucilage, which was a slimy aggravation to me attempting to isolate clean seeds until a couple off years ago, when I discovered that pressure washing would clear the mucilage in a few minutes, versus days of soaking in water. This fruit, like almost all juicy cactus fruit is palatable and almost "good" in flavor, but I rarely eat the fruit because the seeds are too precious to waste on mere exotic sensual pleasure. Gotta reproduce!!   (32/32)   

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