5401.000 Cereus Mill.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Shrubby or tree-like, erect, often columnar; stems usually much branched, strongly ribbed, often glaucous. Flowers nocturnal, mostly large, funnel-shaped, usually white. Fruit ovoid, fleshy, usually red, capped by persistent style; when ripe splitting along 1-3 sides, pulp white. Seeds black.

Worldwide: The estimated number of species varies from 10 to 50; some species are now placed in Selenicereus or Hylocereus. Native from the West Indies to Argentina.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Cereus jamacaru

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hildmannianus K. Schum.
jamacaru DC.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cereus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cereus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cereus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cereus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cereus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cereus
Wikipedia: Cereus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cereus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cereus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cereus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2205, retrieved 27 November 2022

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