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Cacti Genus leptocereus




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Leptocereus

Etymology The name is derived from the Greek leptos, meaning "thin", and applies in particular to the slender branches and stems.
Leptocereus is a genus consisting of just over a dozen species, all native to the islands of the Caribbean. In cultivation, it is extremely rare to encounter any one of these species. As a result, most cactus growers are unacquainted with the genus except by the occasional photograph and even the internet is short on supply of images. The New Cactus Lexicon recognizes 11 species and has photos of 10 of them. Yet this is the most complete collection of Leptocereus images I've found.

The plants themselves are mostly sprawling shrubs, but can also form trees up to 30 feet (10m) or more in height. The stems are highly angled, that is, with few large ribs which bear comfortably-spaced areoles that have spine clusters of about 10 spines or so. Some lose spine as they age. The flowers are white or whitish-green and bear spines on raised areoles in most cases. Some species are reported to produce a cephalium.

Click on one of the species below for more info.

Leptocereus arboreus

Leptocereus arboreus


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Leptocereus assurgens

Leptocereus assurgens


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Leptocereus carinatus

Leptocereus carinatus


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Leptocereus ekmanii

Leptocereus ekmanii


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Leptocereus grantianus

Leptocereus grantianus


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Leptocereus leonii

Leptocereus leonii


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Leptocereus maxonii

Leptocereus maxonii


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Leptocereus paniculatus

Leptocereus paniculatus


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Leptocereus prostratus

Leptocereus prostratus


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Leptocereus quadricostatus

Leptocereus quadricostatus


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*Currently 15 of 15 known species in this genus are represented on CactiGuide.com.
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