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Cacti Genus pereskiopsis




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Pereskiopsis spathulata


Common Name(s): Alfilerillo, Patilon
Synonym(s): Pereskia spathulata, Opuntia spathulata, Pereskia higuerana, Rhodocactus higueranus, Pereskiopsis diguetii
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Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe:
Distribution: Jalisco - Mexico (North America)
Habit: Shrubby
Flower: RedEncounterability: Common Worldwide
Species Notes: This species of Pereskiopsis is used most frequently for seedling grafts of all cacti species. Many growers have this species as grafting stock, but very few grow the plant as a species itself. As a result nearly all the specimens that are found in cultivation are short, rooted cuttings that are soon to be used for a new graft. Rarely is this species allowed to grow to full size and because of this, the flowers are seldom seen.

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Pereskiopsis spathulata
P. spathulata
Picture taken at: Private Collection

Photographer: George Wolf
Pereskiopsis spathulata
P. spathulata
Picture taken at: Private Collection

Photographer: George Wolf

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