Synonym: Cereus peruvianus
Common Name: Peruvian apple cactus
Origin: Although widespread across the Americas, the exact origin of Cereus repandus is unknown. However, the species likely emerged from the western Caribbean, Venezuela, or Brazil. In South Africa, the species is invasive and is considered a weed.
Description: C. repandus is a columnar cactus that develops a tree-like form, forming upright branches from the base. The cylindrical segments are glaucous to blue-green in color, each with 8-13 ribs – and rarely, numerous gray spines. From late spring to early fall, showy, red-tipped white flowers will bloom for a single night before perishing. Flowers will be followed by red to yellow fruits, egg-shaped and thornless.
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