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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
Rhodocactus grandifolius
subsp. violaceus, I.Asai & K.Miyata.

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.