Plants treelike, 4-6 m (13-20 ft) tall; trunks to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter, rusty brown, fissured. Leaves lance shaped, 3.5-7 cm (1.4-2.8 in) long, 0.7-2.8 cm (0.3-1.1 in) broad, not fleshy, petioles absent, midribs prominent below, lateral veins 0-3 and not evident. Areoles often forming naked spur shoots. Spines 1-6 on twigs, 0.6-2.1 cm (0.2-0.8 in) long. Spines of trunks 10-30, spreading, to 3 cm (1.2 in) long. Flowers imperfectly unisexual, occurring on functionally dioecious plants, solitary, bright purplish pink, 2.5-5 cm (12 in) in diameter. Fruits depressed globose, 2-4.5 cm (0.81.8 in) long, 2.5-5.5 cm (1-2.2 in) broad, pale green, naked, pulpy. Distribution: semideciduous forests on Hispaniola at elevations of about 500 m (1600 ft).
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