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  Cereus pterogonus
 
  Family: CACTACEAE
  Citation:  Cereus pterogonus Lam., Cact. Gen. 59.1839; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 219. 1990; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 328. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Poochamullu
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Columnar Cactus
  Description: Shrub; stems columnar, 3-9-winged or angled; wings to 4 cm wide; areoles echinate, without glochids, lanate; spines c. 15, unequal, to 3 cm. Leaves 0. Flowers lateral, sessile, to 15 cm wide. Perianth tube terete at base, to 10 cm, funnel-shaped with a few scales below. Tepals numerous; outer ones greenish-white; inner ones white, oblong, lanceolate, to 7 x 1.5 cm. Stamens numerous, inserted at various levels on the perianth; filaments slender; anthers oblong, to 2.5 mm. Ovary subterete-angular, 2.5-3 cm long, 1 cm broad, with scales and areoles; ovules numerous, on several parietal placentae; style to 10 cm; stigmatic lobes 10-15, to 1 cm.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown along the fences
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Thadikundu area, Pattanakadu
   
 
   
 
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