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Pleated Cereus, Mandacarú
Scientific Name: Cereus jamacaru DC.
Synonym: Piptanthocereus cipoensis, Cereus perrottetianus, Cereus laetevirens, Cereus goiasensis, Piptanthocereus goiasensis, Cereus calcirupicola, Piptanthocereus calcirupicola, Piptanthocereus cabralensis, Piptanthocereus jamacaru, Cereus glaucus
Family: Cactaceae
Pleated Cereus, Mandacarú (Cereus  jamacaru)
Cereus jamacaru monstrose at the Boyce-Thompson arboretum
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 45°F (7°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Brazil (Minas Gerais)

Growth Habits: Tree-like, up to 30 feet tall (9 m), segmented stems, 4 to 6 inches wide (10-15 cm), main trunk over 18 inches in diameter (45 cm); 4 to 6 slightly wavy, notched, ribs; 2 to 4 centrals, 3.2 to 16 in. long (8 to 20 cm); 5 to 7 radials, up to 0.6 in. long

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Seeds in spring, cuttings in summer

The Cereus jamacaru stems have 4 to 6 ribs, with areoles 0.8 to 1.6 inches apart (2 to 4 cm). The areoles have numerous yellow spines, with the central one often several inches long.

An antique photo of Cereus jamacaru in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Spine cluster, picture from K. Schumann

Blooming Habits:
The flowers come in summer. They are 10 inches long (25 cm), with green outside and white petals that have a brownish outside edge. They are followed by a 5 inches long (12 cm) purple fruit.

Fruiting Habits:

Seeds, cuttings

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