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Selenicereus pteranthus

Princess-of-the-night

Not native to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 09/14/18
Volusia Co. FL 09/01/08
Volusia Co. FL 09/01/08
Volusia Co. FL 09/14/18
Volusia Co. FL 09/14/18

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An occasional cactus of disturbed hammocks, mostly near the coast in the central and southern peninsula. Also found in the Virgin Islands. Native to Mexico.
This vine-like clambering or pendent cactus can be either terrestrial or epiphytic. The stems are 2.5-5cm (1-2 in.) across with four to six ribs. 1.5-3mm (1/16 to 1/8 in.) diameter areoles are 2-2.5cm (3/4 to 1 in.) apart along the ribs with 1-5 short spines in each. The spines are conical and 1-3mm (less than 1/8 in.) long. The large showy flowers open only at night with white inner tepals and brown, purplish or yellow outer tepals. Fruit is a red sphere 4.5-7cm (1-3/4 to 2-3/4 in.) in diameter, covered in bristle-like yellow spines and hair-like white spines.

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Selenicereus pteranthus is a member of the Cactaceae - Cactus family.


Date record last modified: Jun 15, 2020


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