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Coneflower Moonlight Cactus
Scientific Name: Selenicereus coniflorus (Weingart) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Selenicereus jalapaensis, Cereus jalapensis, Cereus jalapaensis, Cereus coniflorus, Selenicereus pringlei
Family: Cactaceae
Coneflower Moonlight Cactus (Selenicereus  coniflorus)
Selenicereus coniflorus, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Avoid frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60F (15C)

Heat Tolerance: Needs extra humidity in Phoenix

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Mexico (Jalapa, Veracruz)

Growth Habits: Climbing stems with numerous aerial roots, 5 or 6 ribs with edges more or less wavy; areoles 0.5 to 0.6 in. (1.2-1.5 cm); pale yellow needle-like spines: 1 central, 0.6 inch long; 4 to 6 radials

Watering Needs: Keep the soil moist and well drained.


Selenicereus coniflorus flower, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Cultural Practices:
Use orchid substrate.

Blooming Habits:
White flowers 9 to 10 inches long or more (22-25 cm), with outside segment yellowish. They have a spherical ovary with reddish scales, white hair and spines. The fruit is spherical, 2.4 inches in diameter (6 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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