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  Cereus hildmannianus
  Family Name : Cactaceae

  Synonyms : Cereus peruvianus (trade name)

  Common Names : Apple Cactus, Andes Organ Pipe, Queen of the Night

  Chinese Name : 六角柱

Apple Cactus,Andes Organ Pipe,Queen of the Night
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      7.6 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      4.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Southeastern Brazil, northern Argentina
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Desert / Arid
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Clumps of erect stems grow up to 7.6 m tall.
      Foliage: Leaves have been reduced to 5 cm long spines which occur in clusters of 8. The clusters are arranged along the outer edge of the ribs, about 2.5 cm apart from one another. Young stems often lack spines.
      Stems: Green, leathery stems have 5-8 ribs and are 15 cm wide.
      Flowers: White, trumpet-shaped flowers (15 cm wide) open at night. The center is yellow and the outer petals have reddish pink tips.
      Fruits: Yellow to red fruits are apple-like berries (5-7 cm wide). They are oval to cylindrical and lack thorns.
      Cultivation :
      This species can be grown indoors in a bright, sunny window. Even though it is a cactus, it prefers moderate water and requires soil with good drainage.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The white flesh and numerous black seeds are edible.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Stems, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought
      Landscape Uses :
      Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Rockery / Desert Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Spines/Thorns - Stem/Branch
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting (Herbaceous)
  • Foliar
    • Foliar Modification :
      Spine (marginal)
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Flower Size :
      15 cm
      Flowering Period :
      A Few Times Yearly
      Flowering Opening Time :
      Night (dusk to dawn)
      Flower Lifespan On Plant :
      1 Day
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Red, Yellow / Golden
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)
  • References
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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