Peniocereus cuixmalensis Snchez Mejorada 1973

PITAHAYA DE AGUAS

Plants usually erect, branches few or none, branching a short distance above the ground. Roots turniplike, sometimes forked, 25-35 cm (9.8-14 in) long, 10-12 cm (3.9-4.7 in) in diameter, brown to pale yellow. Stems elongate, four-angled, 0.8-2.2 m (31-87 in) long, 2.5-3.5 cm (1-1.4 in) in diameter, light green with whitish spots. Ribs 4, wavy. Spines thick, strong, swollen basally, reddish when young, becoming horn colored. Central spine one, 10-15 mm (0.4-0.6 in) long. Radial spines 6-7, radiating, strong, 8-20 mm (0.3-0.8 in) long. Flowers open at night, white, funnelform, 9-11 cm (3.5-4.3 in) long, fragrant. Fruits ovoid, red with juicy red pulp, 5-6 cm (2-2.4 in) long, 3.5-4 cm (1.4-1.6 in) in diameter. Distribution: along the Pacific coast in Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacan, Mexico.

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