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Cacti Genus jasminocereus




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Jasminocereus

Etymology -The name describes the fragrance of the nocturnal flowers which resemble that of Jasmine.
Jasminocereus is a genus of a single species with treelike growth up to 23feet (7m) in height. The numerous ribs have closely-spaced areoles with fairly long upward-pointing spines. Flowers are white and fragrant which give rise to fleshy round reddish fruit.

One of two genera that can be found only on the Galapagos Islands, Jasminocereus is almost non-existent in cultivation. The strict controls over all living things on the Galapagos makes source material very scarce and cultivation knowledge is quite limited.

Like so many columnar cactus species in the past, Jasminocereus was originally described under the genus Cereus and two species were described. It was later determined that the two species were actually juvenile and mature specimens of the same species. Even so, the genus does show a good deal of variation given the relatively restricted occurrence of just 8 Islands of the Galapagos. Most taxonomists are content to list these differences as varieties keeping this a monotypic genus.

Jasminocereus thouarsii


Common Name(s):
Synonym(s): Cereus thouarsii, Brachycereus thouarsii, Cereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus galapagensis, Cereus sclerocarpus, Jasminocereus sclerocarpus
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Browningieae
Distribution: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador (South America)
Habit: Treelike
Flower: Green, WhiteEncounterability: Extremely Rare
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Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA

Photographer: Mike Wisnev
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Jordan Andreen
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: Floreana Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii
Picture taken at: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe

Jasminocereus thouarsii f. cristata


Common Name(s):
Synonym(s): Cereus thouarsii, Brachycereus thouarsii, Cereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus galapagensis, Cereus sclerocarpus, Jasminocereus sclerocarpus
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Browningieae
Distribution: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador (South America)
Habit: Treelike
Flower: Green, WhiteEncounterability: Extremely Rare
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Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii f. cristata
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel

Jasminocereus thouarsii var. sclerocarpus


Common Name(s):
Synonym(s): Cereus thouarsii, Brachycereus thouarsii, Cereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus galapagensis, Cereus sclerocarpus, Jasminocereus sclerocarpus
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Browningieae
Distribution: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador (South America)
Habit: Treelike
Flower: Green, WhiteEncounterability: Extremely Rare
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Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Isabela Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Punta Moreno - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Volcan Sierra Negra - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Volcan Sierra Negra - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Volcan Sierra Negra - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe
Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. sclerocarpus
Picture taken at: Isabela Island - Galapagos

Photographer: Craig Howe

Jasminocereus thouarsii var. delicatus


Common Name(s):
Synonym(s): Cereus thouarsii, Brachycereus thouarsii, Cereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus galapagensis, Cereus sclerocarpus, Jasminocereus sclerocarpus
To view publication details for this taxon and related synonyms Click Here.
To view a chart comparing alternate taxonomy Click Here.
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Browningieae
Distribution: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador (South America)
Habit: Treelike
Flower: Green, WhiteEncounterability: Extremely Rare
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Jasminocereus thouarsii
J. thouarsii var. delicatus
Picture taken at: Gerard Ardisson's Private Collection

Photographer: Gerard Ardisson

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