Harrisia Britton

Wunderlin, R.P., Hansen, B.F. & Franck, A.R. (2018) Flora of Florida. Volume 5. University Press of Florida

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees; stems unsegmented, cylindric, 8-12 ribbed; areoles with spines, glochids absent. Leaves vestigial or absent. Flowers solitary in lateral areoles, funnelform, sessile, nocturnal; floral tube conspicuous. Fruit dehiscent or irregularly splitting from the apex; seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: Named after William Harris, a botanist of Jamaica.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in tropical South America, Antilles, Bahamas and Florida. one species (H. martinii) is known as an invasive in Australia, Africa and Hawaii.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Harrisia martinii

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martinii (Labour.) BrittonDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Harrisia:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Harrisia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Harrisia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Harrisia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Harrisia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Harrisia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Harrisia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Harrisia
JSTOR Plant Science: Harrisia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Harrisia
Plants of the World Online: Harrisia
Tropicos: Harrisia
Wikipedia: Harrisia

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: Harrisia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2472, retrieved 21 June 2024

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