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Coleocephalocereus fluminensis
Scientific Name: Coleocephalocereus fluminensis (Miq.) Backeb.
Synonym: Cereus melocactus, Pilocereus vellozii, Cereus paulensis, Leocereus paulensis, Coleocephalocereus fluminensis ssp. paulensis, Coleocephalocereus paulensis, Cephalocereus melocactus, Coleocephalocereus diersianus, Coleocephalocereus fluminensis ssp. braamhaarii, Cephalocereus fluminensis, Cereus fluminensis, Austrocephalocereus fluminensis
Family: Cactaceae
Coleocephalocereus  fluminensis
Cephalocereus melocactus in Martius's "Flora Brasiliensis"
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Brazil

Growth Habits: Mostly erect columnar cactus, branching at the base; stems up to 6.5 feet long (2 m), 4 inches in diameter (10 cm); 9 to 17 straight ribs; 1 central spine, 1.2 inches (3 cm) long; 2 to 7 radial spines

Watering Needs:


An antique picture, as Cephalocereus fluminensis, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Fruit, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
Mature stems produce somewhat blackish lateral cephalium that can reach 2.5 feet long (75 cm) from which emerge the nocturnal pale yellow or pinkish flowers, 3 inches long (7.5 cm), up to 1.6 inches in diameter (4 cm). The top-shaped fruits are violet, 1.2 inches long (3 cm), 0.8 inches in diameter (2 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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