Adrian Hardy Haworth 1819
F.M.Knuth 1935, Cactus grandifolius Link 1822, Rhodocactus
grandiflorus Knuth & Bkbg., Pereskia grandiflora
Hort. ex Pfeiff., Pereskia tampicana, Rhodocactus
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,
in reference to the large leaves of the species.