Lemaireocereus chichipe Gosselin

Cereus chichipe Gosselin, Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 11: 507. 1905.

Cereus mixtecensis J. A. Purpus, Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 19: 52. 1909.

Lemaireocereus mixtecensis Britton and Rose, Contr. U. S. Nat. Herb. 12: 425. 1909.

Tree-like, up to 5 meters high, with a short trunk 8 to 10 dm. in diameter and a large very much branched top; branches 9 to 12-ribbed, undulate, acutish, 2 cm. high; areoles 1 to 1.5 cm.

Fig. 130.— Fruit of Lemaireocereus pruinosus. X0.7.

apart; radial spines 6 or 7,5 to 10 cm. long, grayish; central spine 1; flowers small, yellowish green; fruit spiny, globose, 2 to 2.5 cm. in diameter, red both within and without; seeds small, black, with a basal hilum.

Type locality: Cerro Colorado, near Tehuacan, Mexico.

Distribution: Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico.

The plant is known as chichipe, or, according to Dr. C. A. Purpus, chichibe. The fruit, which is sold in the Mexican markets, like many other Mexican cactus fruits, has a different name from the plant; it is called chichituna.

Illustrations: Bull. Soc. Acclim. France 52: f. 7, as Cereus chichipe; Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 19: 53, as Cereus mixtecensis.

Fig. 131.—Lemaireocereus longispinus. Fig. 132.—L. eichlamii.
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