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Cacti Genus leptocereus




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Leptocereus maxonii


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Synonym(s): Leptocereus sylvestris
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Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Pachycereeae
Distribution: Cuba - Greater Antilles (West Indies - Carribean)
Habit: Shrubby
Flower: Green, White, YellowEncounterability: Extremely Rare
Original Description: The Cactaceae 2 p.80 - Britton & Rose (1920)
Stems 1 to 1.5 meters high, more or less branched, erect or sometimes with recurved branches; ribs 5 or 7, usually 6, thin, 5 to 15 mm deep, scalloped; areoles 1.5 to 2 cm apart, circular; spines when young of a decided yellowish-brown color, dark brown or sometimes whitish in age, about 20 from an areole, needle-shaped, the longer ones 3 cm long; flowers 5 to 6 cm long; inner perianth-segments about 32, spreading at right angles to the tube, linear-oblong, yellowish green inside, the outer obtuse, the inner acute; stamens cream-colored; ovary and flower-tube densely covered with yellowish spines; immature fruit bur-like, 4 cm long, densely covered with yellow or brownish spines.
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Leptocereus maxonii
L. maxonii
Picture taken at: Christos Djamas Private Collection, Cyprus

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Leptocereus maxonii
L. maxonii
Picture taken at: Parque Nationale de Baracoa Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Photographer: Gerard Ardisson

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Leptocereus maxonii
L. maxonii
Picture taken at: Parque Nationale de Baracoa Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Photographer: Gerard Ardisson

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