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.

Botswana: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Cereus:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Cereus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cereus

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Cereus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2205, retrieved 14 June 2024

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