Cereus peruvianus (L.) Mill.

  • Family : CACTACEAE
    (Cactus Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : NAG PHANI FAMILY / CACTUS FAMILY (नागफणी फैमिली / कैक्टस फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : CACTACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cereus hildmannianus K. Schum.
  • Common name : Column Cactus, Hedge Cactus
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Comments / notes : Planted along hedge
  • Key identification features : A common tree cereus with fleshy 6-9-ribbed, bluish-green columnar stems. The older portions of the stems are with long, brown spines whereas the younger sections are often being nearly spineless and without leaves. Flowers are large (about 20 cm. long) and open at night. The crimson red fruit is edible.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-September
  • Collection Nos : KFP 2920, KFP 8931
  • Native : Tropical America
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Flora of Karnataka, Flora of Karnataka, Saldanha, 1984; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; N.P.Singh, 1988- Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Cereus peruvianus. Downloaded on 4 June 2020.

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