Pereskia nemorosa Rojas Acosta 1897

amapola, mori, quisca del bosque, tuna quisca Pereskia amapola F. A. C. Weber 1898 Pereskia argentina F. A. C. Weber 1898

Plants small treelike or shrubby, 3-5 m (9.8-16 ft) high; trunks to 10 cm (3.9 in) in diameter, smooth, brownish gray. Leaves obovate to narrowly elliptic-obovate, more than twice as long as wide, 4-14 cm (1.6-5.5 in) long, 2-6 cm (0.8-2.4 in) wide, petioles to 5 mm long and gradually merging into the blade, fleshy, venation pinnate, midribs prominent below, lateral veins 6-10 and diverging at angles. Spines 0-5 on twigs, borne in clusters to spreading, 0.5-5 cm (0.2-2 in) long. Spines 15-20 or more on trunks, 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 in) long. Flowers solitary or in terminal inflorescences of two to five blooms, pale pink to white, 4-7 cm (1.6-2.8 in) in diameter; receptacles top shaped and with prominent podaria. Fruits pear shaped, 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 in) long, 3.5-5 cm (1.42 in) thick, green to yellowish green when mature. Distribution: drier forests and woodlands in southern Brazil, Paraguay, northeastern Argentina, and northwestern Uruguay.

Pereskiaportulacifolia (Linnaeus) A. P. de Candolle 1828

camelia roja

Cactus portulacifolius Linnaeus 1753, Rhodocactus portulacifolius (Linnaeus) F.M.Knuth 1935

Plants treelike, sometimes shrubby, 3-5 m (9.8-16 ft) tall; trunks 15-20 cm (5.9-7.9 in) in diameter, gray, nearly smooth. Leaves variable in shape and size, obovate spatula shaped to heart shaped, 5-15 mm (0.2-0.6 in) long, 4-10 mm (to 0.4 in) broad, petioles obscure, venation pinnate, midribs prominent below, lateral veins obscure. Spines 0-3 on twigs, 10-16 mm (0.4-0.6 in) long, spreading. Spines as many as 50 on trunks, 10-22 mm (0.4-0.9 in) long. Flowers imperfectly unisexual, occurring on functionally dioecious plants, usually solitary, bright pink to purple-rose, 3-5.5 cm (1.2-2.2 in) in diameter. Fruits subglobose, 1.8-3 cm (0.71.2 in) in diameter, smooth and rough leathery when dry. Distribution: Hispaniola.

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