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IUCN: not evaluated
Family: CACTACEAE Genus: Cereus Species: pernambucensis Species Author: Lem.
Cereus pernambucensis is an erect or semi-prostrate columnar cactus, 3 feet tall with stems up to 6 inches in diameter (15 cm). The Cereus fernambucensis stems have 3 to 5 ribs. The diameter of the stems and the distance between the areoles vary depending on where on the stem they are measured. There is one central and 6 radial spines, up to 2 inches long (5 cm). The flowers do not have areoles or spines, but they have a few scales. The white flowers are 10 inches long, with greenish, narrow outer petals and toothed, white, inner petals. They are followed by a yellow or red fruit, generally edible containing black seeds.
There are about 40 species of Cereus in the Caribbean and South America.
Cereus pernambucensis country of origin is Brazil, southern coastal region.
(Information for this species compiled and recorded by Camelia Cirnaru, NTBG Consultant.)