Cereus hildmannianus K. Schum.
Cereus peruvianus auct. non (L.) Mill.
Cereus uruguayanus auct. non Kiesling
Piptanthocereus peruvianus auct. non (L.) Riccob.
Stenocereus peruvianus auct. non Kiesling nom. illeg.
Queen of the night, Peruvian apple
Although saguaros probably take the all time award as icons in the world of cacti, having appeared in countless westerns, Peruvian apples also look more like trees than do most cacti. They are native to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and southern, eastern and central Brazil. They prefer thin, rocky soils in pampas grasslands or seasonal semi-deciduous forests, at elevations of 2297-3281' (700-1000 m).
Plants: Branching trunks can reach 33' (10 m) in height, with trunks up to 6" (15 cm) in diameter. Trunks and branches have four to six well-defined ribs, with small areoles along the rib edges. Stems are constricted at various points, dividing each into segments. Stems usually lack spines, but may develop them as the plant ages.
Flowers: Stunning white flowers, ringed by sepals, are up to 10-12" (25-30 cm) around. The sepals are often tipped with red.
Fruits: Fruits are round or oval, and red or sometimes yellow, with a white pulp containing small black seeds.
Edibility: Fruits and flowers are edible and nutritious.
Medical: “Extracts are used in folk medicine for weight loss, reducing cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, as diuretic and cardiotonic, and to treat various diseases, including pulmonary disorders, rheumatism, and in topical treatment for wounds and lithiasis.” (ScienceDirect.com.)
Cereus hildmannianus on tropical.theferns.info
Cereus hildmannianus on Wikipedia
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Cereus hildmannianus on Wikimedia Commons
Cereus hildmannianus on CactiGuide.com
Cereus hildmannianus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 28 Dec 2020.