Pereskia zinniiflora A P de Candolle 1828

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Rhodocactus zinniiflora (A. P. de Candolle) F. M. Knuth 1935 Pereskia cubensis Britton & Rose 1912, Rhodocactus cubensis (Britton & Rose) F.M. Knuth 1935

Plants treelike, 4-8 m (13-26 ft) tall with diffuse branching, or shrubs; trunks to 25 cm (9.8 in) in diameter, brown, smooth or fissured. Leaves narrowly elliptic or ovate, broad

Pereskia sacharosa, also illustrated on page 24

Pereskia stenantha, photograph by Beat Leuenberger est near the middle, 1-4 cm (0.4-1.6 in) long, 1-1.5 cm (0.40.6 in) broad, venation pinnate, midribs prominent below, lateral veins 2-3 but inconspicuous. Areoles with prominent rusty brown wool. Spines 0-5 on twigs, 0.7-3 cm (0.3-1.2 in) long. Spines 30-80 on trunks, 2-5 cm (0.8-2 in) long. Flowers solitary, unisexual, pink to reddish pink to crimson-purple, 3-4 cm (1.2-1.6 in) in diameter. Fruits depressed globose, 1.4-2 cm (0.6-0.8 in) in diameter. Distribution: lowlands of southern and southwestern Cuba.

Pereskia zinniiflora, photograph by Beat Leuenberger

Continue reading here: Pereskiopsis blakeana J G Ortega 1929

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