Synonyms: Eriocereus (A.Berger) Riccob. APNI*
Roseocereus Backeb. APNI*
Cereus subgen. Eriocereus A.Berger APNI*
Description: Succulent spinose plants with slender, branched, clambering stems, the branches 4–8-angled or -ribbed, 1.5–4 cm diam. Areoles filled with yellowish hairs and several spines of different lengths, the central one much longer than the radial spines; glochids absent.
Flowers c. 20 cm long, hypanthium with scale leaves and spines, perianth segments narrow, inner segments broader and usually white; flowers open at night.
Fruit ovoid to globose, fleshy, usually spiny, often splitting at maturity to show numerous small dark seeds in white pulp.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 18 species, tropical & subtropical America. Australia: 3 species (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W.
Text by G. J. Harden
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Central spine 2–3 cm long, yellow with a dark tip, surrounded by a row of short radial spines 3–6 mm long and 1–3 spines 10–15 mm long||Harrisia martinii|
|Central spine 3–5 cm long, surrounded by 4–8 spines 1–3 cm long||Harrisia tortuosa|