Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis

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Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis (Willd.) A.Berger

Cactaceae

Life form: tree

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Arrangement: not specified
Leaves:

Shape: obovate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis is a succulent tree.

Naming

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis was already described and the name validly published by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow. It was Alwin Berger, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1926.

Taxonomy

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis is the only species in the genus Brasiliopuntia which belongs to the family of the Cactaceae (Cactus Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 15 to 20 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis has simple leaves. The leaves are obovate.

Flowers and Fruits

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis produces solitary yellow many-stellate flowers.


Root System

Distribution

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis is native to Brazil, Paraguay, East Bolivia, Peru and northern Argentina. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.

Cultivation

The trees tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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