Cactus – Turks Cap – Cabez di Indjan

Melocactus Macracanthos, locally known as either Bushi or Cabez di Indjan or Turks Cap in English is an interesting cactus distinguished by the odd cephalium that grows from the top.  The cephalium is designed to produce flowers and fruit and can grow up to a few feet tall in some cases. The cephaliums form small pink flowers inside their mass.  Their fruits are waxy and tubular and very delicious.  Birds, bats, small animals and humans love to eat them.  The Cabez di Indjan or Turks Cap only develop their distinctive look once they reach maturity.  They are globular and ribbed all over with aureoles.  Once they are fully developed the cephamium will begin to grow.