Galapagos Species Checklist

Jasminocereus thouarsii var. thouarsii (F.A.C. Weber) Backeb.

candelabro

Jasminocereus thouarsii (Candelabra Cactus) & Darwiniothamnus sp., Volcán Chico, Sierra Negra, Isabela. Photo: Frank Bungartz, CDF, 2009.
Jasminocereus thouarsii (Candelabra Cactus) & Darwiniothamnus sp., Volcán Chico, Sierra Negra, Isabela. Photo: Frank Bungartz, CDF, 2009.

An impressive columnar cactus that can grow up to 5m tall. The large flowers have white and yellow petals. The plum-sized fruits grow on the trunks and turn bright red when ripe.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Plantae

Phylum
Magnoliophyta

Class
Magnoliopsida (= Dicotyledoneae)

Order
Caryophyllales

Family
Cactaceae

Genus
Jasminocereus

Species
thouarsii

Subspecies
var. thouarsii

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Cereus galapagensis Weber fide Wiggins & Porter (1971)

Status

Vulnerable

References

  • Wiggins, I.L. Porter, D.M. (1971) Flora of the Galapagos Islands Standford University Press, Stanford.
  • Tropicos.org. (2017) Database of Missouri Botanical Garden. Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden. 06 Oct 2017 <http://www.tropicos.org
  • Atkinson, R. Guézou, A. & Jaramillo, P. (2009) Siémbrame en tu jardín - Plantas nativas para jardines en Galápagos. Fundación Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador, 151 pp.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Missouri Botanical Garden (eds.) (2013) The Plant List, Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; http://www.theplantlist.org/ (accessed 1st January).
  • Robinson, B.L. (1902) Flora of the Galapagos Islands. Papers from the Hopkins-Stanford Expedition to the Galapgaos Islands. Proc. Amer. Acad. 38(4): 78-270.
  • Stewart, A. (1911) A botanical survey of the Galápagos Islands. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 4th Series, 1: 7-288.
  • Jaramillo, P. Trigo, M. M., Ramírez, E. &Mauchamp, A. (2010) Insect Pollinators of Jasminocereus thouarsii, an endemic cactus of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Research 67: 21-25.
  • Anderson, E.F. (1967.) An Account of My Cactus Collecting Trip to the Galapagos Islands. Cactus and Succulent J. Amer. 39:186-199.

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