Pereskia aculeata Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8 s.p. 1768. (Syn: Cactus lucidus Salisb.; Cactus pereskia L.; Pereskia aculeata var. godseffiana (hort.) F.M. Knuth; Pereskia aculeata var. lanceolata Pfeiff.; Pereskia aculeata var. rotundifolia Pfeiff.; Pereskia aculeata var. rubescens Pfeiff.; Pereskia foetens Speg. in Weingart; Pereskia fragrans Lem.; Pereskia godseffiana hort.; Pereskia longispina Haw.; Pereskia pereskia (L.) H.Karst. [Invalid]; Pereskia rubescens Houghton; Pereskia undulata Lem.);
Pereskia aculeatais a scrambling shrub in the family Cactaceae. Common names include Barbados gooseberry, leaf cactus and ora-pro-nobis. It is native to tropical America. The leaves and fruits are edible, containing high quantities of protein, iron and other nutrients, and it is a popular vegetable in parts of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais under the name of ora-pro-nóbis.
Like other members of the genus Pereskia, these plants are unusual cacti with spiny non-succulent stems and large leaves.
It is a scrambling vine growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall in trees, with stems 2–3 cm (0.79–1.18 in) thick. Younger stems have hooked thorns and older stems have clusters of woody spines. The leaves are 4–11 cm (1.6–4.3 in) long and 1.5–4 cm (0.59–1.57 in) broad, simple, entire, and deciduous in the dry season. The strongly scented flowers are white, cream or pinkish, 2.5–5 cm (0.98–1.97 in) diameter, and numerous, produced in panicles. The fruit is a rounded berry, translucent white to pink, yellow, orange or red, and 2 cm (0.79 in) in diameter. The leafs are edible, containing 20 to 30% of protein in the dry leaf matter. The fruit are also edible, containing numerous small seeds. It somewhat resembles the gooseberry in appearance and is of excellent flavor.
(From Wikipedia on 21.10.14)
efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP40 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Please help me to identify this plant,
grown in a nursery in talegaon.
superb photo graphs……
It is Pereskia aculeata cactus. Nice picture!
perisque aquilata???pls identify.190914.RT-1 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Pls identify this wine. Know nothing about this fruit. Apologies for the picture quality.
i think it may be Pereskia sp. (P. aculeata?)
Pereskia species so far in efi
I have Pereskia sp. in my garden. But it does not look like this. Please post the photos with floral display for proper ID