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Junco Espinoso, Reina de la Noche
Scientific Name: Peniocereus serpentinus (Lag. & Rodr.) N.P.Taylor
Synonym: Nyctocereus serpentinus, Cereus splendens, Nyctocereus castellanosii, Cereus ambiguus, Cactus ambiguus, Echinocereus serpentinus, Cactus serpentinus, Cereus serpentinus
Family: Cactaceae
Junco Espinoso, Reina de la Noche (Peniocereus  serpentinus)
The fruit, as Nyctocereus serpentinus, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Heat Tolerance: Very heat resistant in Phoenix in summer

Sun Exposure: Bright shade to partial sun

Origin: Tropical areas of southern Mexico (México, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca), but now largely spread around Mexico

Growth Habits: Grows often in groups, erect stems sometimes climbing, up to 20 feet (6 m), 0.8 to 2 inches in diameter (2-5 cm); large roots; 10-17 obtuse ribs; areoles with white wool; 9 to 14 needle-like spines, reddish when young, with darker tips, up to 1.2 in. long (3 cm).

Watering Needs: Little water, needs good drainage


This species is often cultivated in Mexico for the beauty of its flowers.

As Nyctocereus serpentinus, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
Nocturnal white flowers with pinkish outside segments, 6 to 8 inches long (15 to 20 cm). The red egg-shaped fruit is edible, 1.6 to 2.4 inches long (4-6 cm), with spines that fall when it is ripe. The black seeds are 0.2 in. long (5 mm).

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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