Cereus peruvianus

Cereus peruvianus

(Cactaceae)

South-east South America

Of columnar habit, and branching from the base, Cereus peruvianus is capable of reaching heights of 10-16m and a width of 5m. The blue-green branches each display 6 to 9 ribs. The summer flowers, with green reddish outsides and white insides, are 15cm in length, and are nocturnal. The plant also produces a fleshy and apparently edible orange-yellow fruit. In dry and sunny climes it will bear low temperatures, but not frost. Pictured here growing through a hedge of Schleffera with Citrus aurantium trees in the background (Feb. 2010).

MAP LOCATION: 85

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