Pereskia stenantha F Ritter 1979

ESPINHA DE SANTO ANTONIO, FL0R DE CERAM, QUIABENTO

Plants shrubby or treelike, 2-4 m (6.6-13 ft) tall, branching at or near their bases; trunks to 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter, gray, smooth or fissured. Leaves variable in size and shape, obovate to elliptic, often folded upward along the midrib, 711 cm (2.8-4.3 in) long, 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 in) broad, with petioles, midribs prominent from below, lateral veins 5-7. Spines 0-7 on twigs, borne in clusters to spreading, stiff, 1-5 cm (0.4-2 in) long. Spines as many as 40 on trunks, to 5 cm (2 in) long. Flowers borne in dense terminal inflorescences, opening very little, bell to urn shaped, odorless, pink to purplish pink, 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 in) in diameter. Fruits pear shaped or top shaped, 3-7 cm (1.2-2.8 in) long, 2-6 cm (0.8-2.4 in) in diameter, green to yellowish green. Distribu tion: caatinga vegetation of southern central Bahia, Brazil, at elevations of 400-600 m (1300-2000 ft).

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