Pereskia sacharosa Grisebach 1879

cuguchi, guyapa, sacharosa

Rhodocactus sacharosa (Grisebach) Backeberg 1966

Pereskia moorei Britton & Rose 1919

Pereskia saipinensis Cárdenas 1964, Rhodocactus saipinensis

(Cárdenas) Backeberg 1966 Pereskia sparsiflora F. Ritter 1980

Pereskia portulacifolia

Plants treelike or shrubby, 5-7 m (16-23 ft) tall, 2-4 m (6.613 ft) tall. Twigs often zigzag. Leaves extremely variable in shape and size, mostly obovate, often folded along the midrib, 3-12 cm (1.2-4.7 in) long, 2-7 cm (0.8-2.8 in) broad, with petioles, venation pinnate, midribs prominent below, lateral veins 4-6, diverging at angles. Spines 0-5 on twigs, borne in clusters to spreading, very stout, 1-4 cm (0.4-1.6 in) long. Spines as many as 25 on trunks, 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) long. Flowers solitary or in a terminal inflorescence of two to four, pink or shades thereof, 3-7 cm (1.2-2.8 in) in diameter. Fruits pear shaped to subglobose, 4-5 cm (1.6-2 in) long and in diameter, green or yellowish, fleshy. Distribution: lowlands of the Andes and in the Gran Chaco region of Brazil (including Mato Grosso), Bolivia, Paraguay, and northwestern Argentina at elevations of 1000-2500 m (3300-8200 ft).

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