This species has at times been confused in cultivation with the Brazilian species Pereskia grandiflora[
Cactus bleo Kunth
Pereskia corrugata Cutak
Pereskia panamensis F.A.C.Weber
Rhodocactus bleo (Kunth) F.M.Knuth
Rhodocactus corrugatus (Cutak) Backeb.
Common Name: Wax Rose
Wax rose is a much-branched, deciduous shrub or small tree growing from 2 - 8 metres tall. The bole is up to 15cm in diameter, with or without spines, the branches have numerous spines[
]. Although a member of the cactus family, this shrub is virtually not succulent and has fleshy leaves[
The edible leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally. The plant is also probably used as a hedge and is grown as an ornamental in gardens, where it is valued for its flowers and decorative fruits.
Northern S. America - Colombia, north to Panama in Central America.
Thickets and hedgerows[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of low elevations in dry and humid climates[
Prefers some shade, at least in the hotter weather[
]. Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7.5[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is sometimes said to be used as a hedge plant, but these reports might refer instead to the similar P. Grandifolia[
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