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Cereus fernambucensis
Scientific Name: Cereus fernambucensis Lemaire
Synonym: Cereus variabilis, Cereus pernambucensis, Piptanthocereus obtusus, Cereus obtusus
Family: Cactaceae
Cereus  fernambucensis
Cereus obtusus at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Brazil (southern coastal region)

Growth Habits: Erect or semi-prostrate columnar cactus, 3 feet tall, stems up to 6 inches in diameter (15 cm); 3 to 7( to 8) ribs; 1 central spines, 2 to 2.2 inches (5 to 5.5 cm) long; 4 to 7 radial spines;

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Cuttings

The Cereus fernambucensis stems have 3 to 5 ribs. The diameter of the stems and the distance between the areoles vary depending on where on the stem they are measured. There is one central and 6 radial spines, up to 2 inches long (5 cm).

An antique picture of Cereus pernambucensis in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
The white flowers are 10 inches long, with greenish, narrow outer petals and toothed, white, inner petals.

Fruiting Habits:

Seeds, cuttings

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