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Pereskia grandifolia

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Author:  Adrian Hardy Haworth 1819
Family:  Cactaceae
Habitat:   Brazil
Soil:   Mix
Water:   Medium
Sun:   Medium
Thickness:  20 centimetres
Height:  5 meters
Flower:   Pink
Propagate:   Seeds/Cuttings
Names:   Rose cactus
Synonyms:  Rhodocactus grandifolius F.M.Knuth 1935, Cactus grandifolius Link 1822, Rhodocactus grandiflorus Knuth & Bkbg., Pereskia grandiflora Hort. ex Pfeiff., Pereskia tampicana, Rhodocactus tampicanus

This member of the Cactaceae family was described by Adrian Hardy Haworth in 1819. It if found in Brazil an maybe up north to Mexico. It prefers well-drained soil, kept wet all-time during summer, a rather high air-humidity and not too much sun. The stems will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the hole plant reaches for up to 5 meters. The flowers are pink, the fruits quiet special for a cacti. It can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings, which must be watered right away, or dried out for a week, but without leaves.

Pereskia: in the honour of the French astronomer Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637). grandifolia: of Latin grown, large and folium, leaves, in reference to the large leaves of the species.

Fruit on fruit!

Small caudex. Photo by Maarten van Thiel.