5421.000 Pereskia Mill.

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Description of the genus

Shrub or liane (in ours), not typically cactus-like in appearance. Spines neither sheathed nor barbed, in large clusters on the old wood, in curved pairs on younger branches; glochids 0. Stems leafy and branched. Leaves alternate, fleshy, broad and flat. Flowers stalked, showy (in ours) in corymbs or panicles. Fruit yellow. Seeds black.

Derivation of name: Named after Nicolas Claude Fabry de Peirese (1580 - 1637)

Worldwide: 16 species in tropical America (Caribbean and SE tropical S America)

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Pereskia aculeata

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aculeata Mill.Description, Image

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Flora of Mozambique: Pereskia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Pereskia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pereskia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pereskia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pereskia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pereskia
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iNaturalist: Pereskia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pereskia
JSTOR Plant Science: Pereskia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pereskia
Plants of the World Online: Pereskia
Tropicos: Pereskia
Wikipedia: Pereskia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Pereskia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1714, retrieved 21 June 2024

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