Pereskia bahiensis Gurke 1908
espinha de santo antonio, fl0r de cera, quiabento
Plants treelike or shrubby, 1-6 m (3.3-20 ft) tall; trunks to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter, erect to arching, grayish brown, fissured. Leaves variable, elliptic to obovate, 5-12 cm (2-4.7 in) long, 2-7 cm (0.8-2.8 in) broad, flat or sometimes folding upward along the midribs, often recurving, petioles not distinct, venation pinnate, lateral veins fairly inconspicuous. Spines 0-6 on twigs, in fascicles or spreading, 2-5 cm (0.8-2 in) long. Spines as many as 45 on branches and trunks, 2-9 cm (0.8-3.5 in) long. Flowers often produced in inflorescences of 2-12, lasting only 1 day, pink to reddish purple, spreading to recurved, 4-7 cm (1.6-2.8 in) in diameter; are-
oles on podaria mainly on the upper half of the receptacles. Fruits often pendent, pear or top shaped, fleshy, 3-6 cm (1.2-2.4 in) long, 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) in diameter. Distribution: caatinga vegetation in Bahia, Brazil, at elevations of 400-900 m (1300-2950 ft).
Pereskia bleo (Kunth) A. P. de Candolle 1828
bleo, bleo de chupa, chupa, chupa melon, najlf, najij de culebra, najû de esoubas
Cactus bleo Kunth 1823, Rhodocactus bleo (Kunth) F. M. Knuth 1939 Pereskia panamensis F. A. C. Weber 1898 Pereskia corrugata Cutak 1951, Rhodocactus corrugatus (Cutak) Backeberg 1958
Plants shrubby or small treelike, 2-8 m (6.6-26 ft) tall; trunks to 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter, smooth, olive green to brownish gray, sometimes without spines. Leaves elliptical to oblong to lance shaped, 6-20 cm (2.4-7.9 in) long, 2-7 cm (0.8-2.8 in) broad, petioles distinct and to 3 cm (1.2 in) long, venation pinnate, lateral veins 4-6 and often bifurcate. Areoles on trunks producing only spines. Spines 0-5 on twigs, 0.5-1 cm (0.2-0.4 in) long. Spines as many as 40 on trunks, 2 cm (0.8 in) long, arranged in clusters to spreading.
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Flowers produced terminally and laterally in inflorescences, naked, bright red, scarlet, salmon, or orange-red, 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 in) in diameter; receptacles angled and top shaped. Fruits berries, 4-5 cm (1.6-2 in) long and in diameter, naked or with one or two bracts on the rim, yellow at maturity. Distribution: Panama and Colombia along streams and rivers and in secondary forests, from sea level to 500 m (1600 ft). Crushed leaves of Pereskia bleo have been used to clarify drinking water (Chapter 2, under Other Uses of Cacti).
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