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Peruvian Apple Cactus

Cactaceae Cereus repandus

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Cactaceae Family
Cactus - Brazil Cholla Cactus Paddle Cactus Cholla Cactus Newborn Cactus Dragon Fruit Leaf Cactus Golden Barrel Cactus Silver Torch Cactus Peyote

Cereus Genus
Dragon Fruit Yellow Pitahaya, Pitava Mandacaru Azul Peruvian Apple Cactus Mandacaru Claretcup Cactus
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General Information

The Peruvian Apple Cactus, Cereus repandus, is a large, erect, thorny columnar cactus found in South America. It is also known as Giant Club Cactus, 'Hedge Cactus, cadushi, or (in Wayuunaiki) kayush.

With an often tree-like appearance, the Peruvian Apple Cactus' cylindrical gray-green to blue stems can reach 10 meters (33 ft) in height and 10-20 cm in diameter. The nocturnal flowers remain open for only one night. The fruits, known locally as "pitaya" or Peruvian Apple, are thornless and vary in skin color from violet-red to yellow. The edible flesh is white and contains small, edible, crunchy seeds.

Cereus repandus is an unresearched, under-utilized cactus, grown mostly as an ornamental plant. As noted above, it has some local culinary importance. The Wayuu from the La Guajira Peninsula of Colombia and Venezuela use the inner cane-like wood of kayush in wattle and daub construction.

Peruvian Apple Cactus

Peruvian Apple Cactus
Peruvian Apple Cactus - August 07, 2009

Peruvian Apple Cactus

Peruvian Apple Cactus
Peruvian Apple Cactus - August 07, 2009

Peruvian Apple Cactus

Peruvian Apple Cactus
Peruvian Apple Cactus - August 07, 2009

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