Selenicereus

 

There are a couple dozens of species of Selenicereus in Central America and the Caribbean Basin. They have slender ribbed stems, up to 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm) with short spines, 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) at most, but generally much shorter. The name Selenicereus comes from the Greek for 'moon cereus', and refers that the flowers open at night.

The large, occasionally up to 12 inches (30 cm), funnel-shaped flowers are mostly white with some yellow. Most are sweetly scented. They open at night. They are followed by fruits that can reach 4 inches in diameter (10 cm).

Selenicereus are propagated easily by seeds or cuttings. They can be watered and grow all year, but can't take any frost. They are occasionally used as rootstock for grafting other species.

Species and varieties
Selenicereus anthonyanus
Selenicereus atropilosus
Selenicereus boeckmanni
Selenicereus brevispinus
Selenicereus chontalensis
Selenicereus chrysocardium
Selenicereus coniflorus (Coneflower Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus donkelaari (Chacuob, Zacbacelcán)
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the Night, Organillo)
Selenicereus hamatus (Queen of the Night)
Selenicereus hondurensis
Selenicereus inermis
Selenicereus macdonaldiae
Selenicereus megalanthus (Yellow Pitaya)
Selenicereus murrillii
Selenicereus nelsonii
Selenicereus pteranthus (Princesa de la Noche, Pitahaya Real)
Selenicereus rubineus
Selenicereus setaceus
Selenicereus spinulosus (Vinelike Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus testudo
Selenicereus tricae
Selenicereus urbanianus
Selenicereus vagans
Selenicereus validus
Selenicereus wercklei
Selenicereus wittii
Selenicereus boeckmannii synonym of Selenicereus boeckmanni
Selenicereus grusonianus synonym of Selenicereus macdonaldiae
Selenicereus hallensis synonym of Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the Night, Organillo)
Selenicereus innesii synonym of Disberocereus 'Innesii'
Selenicereus jalapaensis synonym of Selenicereus coniflorus (Coneflower Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus kunthianus synonym of Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the Night, Organillo)
Selenicereus longicaudatus synonym of Selenicereus vagans
Selenicereus macdonaldiae var. grusonianus synonym of Selenicereus macdonaldiae
Selenicereus maxonii synonym of Selenicereus urbanianus
Selenicereus mirandae synonym of Weberocereus glaber var. mirandae
Selenicereus miravallensis synonym of Selenicereus testudo
Selenicereus nycticalus synonym of Selenicereus pteranthus (Princesa de la Noche, Pitahaya Real)
Selenicereus paradisiacus synonym of Selenicereus urbanianus
Selenicereus pringlei synonym of Selenicereus coniflorus (Coneflower Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus pseudospinulosus synonym of Selenicereus spinulosus (Vinelike Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus pseudo-spinulosus synonym of Selenicereus spinulosus (Vinelike Moonlight Cactus)
Selenicereus rizzini synonym of Selenicereus setaceus
Selenicereus rothii synonym of Selenicereus macdonaldiae
Selenicereus vaupelii synonym of Selenicereus boeckmanni

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