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TBM – Trichocereus bridgesii Monstrosa Clone A + B / Penis Plant
The so-called TBM (short for TRICHOCEREUS BRIDGESII MONSTROSA) is also called „Penis Plant“. And that´s because there is one particular type that grows small little & penis-like pups that look like green sausages (or a really small penis). The fact that the new pups tend to have a slight crinkle in the middle reinforce this impression.
There are two types of this well know monstrose:
– TBM CLONE A
It grows more like a columnar cactus and does not terminate its growth over and over again. It is almost spineless and forms some blue/green stems with 2-4 flat ribs. In very rare cases, it produces yellow spines that demonstrate that this plant is actually a Trichocereus bridgesii. This type is always mixed up with the smaller penis plant type. That´s mostly because this smaller type is much more common that the extremely rare CLONE A. So maybe it would have been better to call the other one CLONE A, TYPE A or Type 1. But somehow, the prostate forum ended up being called CLONE A. Large plants have strong candelabra like shoots.
– TBM CLONE B
This type has between 2 and 5 ribs and some strong spines that are very visible, even on small plants. The pups reach 3″ to 6″ before they terminate their growth and produce a new pup on top of it. This type is also referred to as TBM.
At least one, if not even both clones go back to the German cactus trader Curt Backeberg, who wrote about him raising it in his books. I have no reason to doubt his explanation, as he had the infrastructure to make this plant one of the most common monstroses that it is today.
Where to buy a TBM Clone A or Clone B?
The Plant is usually widely available and can be found in cactus collections all over the world. In Australia, CLONE B is very common while CLONE A is extremely hard to find. But it´s definitely out there and I´ve heard about a few growers who have it.
If you are in Europe, you can contact me through my Email address or join my newsletter if you are looking for a cutting. This can only be propagated by cuttings, as those mutants flower very rarely. So far, I´ve never seen a flowering TBM in my life.
If you are in the US, you can get both types from my friend Ben of Sacred Succulents!
Synonyms: Trichocereus bridgesii Inermis, Frauenglück, TBM, Huachuma, etc
Thanks to our unnamed Super-Hero for the Pics! 😉 More to come soon.