Cactus grandifolius (Haw.) Link
Pereskia ochnocarpa Miq.
Pereskia rosea hort. ex A.Dietr.
Pereskia tampicana F.A.C.Weber
Rhodocactus grandifolius (Haw.) F.M.Knuth
Rhodocactus tampicanus (F.A.C.Weber) Backeb.
Common Name: Rose Cactus
Rose cactus is a spiny, much-branched, deciduous shrub or low-branching small tree, growing from 2 - 10 metres tall. The bole is up to 20cm in diameter and is generously endowed with 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 used as a hedge and is commonly grown as an ornamental in gardens, where it is valued for its flowers and decorative fruits.
S. America - Brazil.
Dry forests and savannah at elevations from 60 - 150 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
The plant can tolerate temperatures down to about -3°c, though the leaves are deciduous at temperatures below 10°c[
Succeeds in full sun or light shade[
]. Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7.5[
The plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental in the Tropics. It has become naturalized in many areas of South and Central America[
Plants can resprout from the base if cut down[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is very spiny and forms an effective barrier. It is widely used for hedging in tropical America[
Cuttings - very easy, just pushing the stems into the ground is usually sufficient for them to root[
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