The Fishhook Barrel Cactus at Lalbagh Gardens
The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in Bangalore is not only a tourist place but also a place to trade plants. The nursery there sells so many varieties of plants, it is no doubt, is a one stop solution for the plant buyers in Bengaluru, be it for the ornamental plant like Barrel Cactus or regular plants for commercial purpose.
These two images of Barrel Cactus were captured in the nursery section of Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore. These are no doubt, a barrel cactus, but not sure if this belongs to fishhook barrel cactus.
The barrel cactus is an extremely dangerous plant if not handled properly. One should approach a barrel cactus with an extreme caution.
A puncture to human skin from one of the spines is considered a “dirty wound”. If the puncture is deep enough to draw blood, antibiotics may be needed and could take up several months for the wound heal properly.
The fishhook barrel cactus generally leans southward, towards the sun, earning it the nickname “compass barrel cactus” One theory states that the afternoon sun is so intense; it slows the growth on the exposed side, causing the plant to grow unevenly. The lifecycle of barrel cactus is between 50-100 years.
Information about Barrel Cactus is sourced from Wikipedia