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Cipocereus minensis SEEDS

Cipocereus minensis SEEDS

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Cipocereus minensis, also known as Minas Gerais Cipocereus, Minas Gerais Pitaya, or Minas Gerais Dragon Fruit, is a distinctive species of cactus native to Minas Gerais, Brazil. This columnar cactus is noted for its shrubby growth, branching into green, columnar shoots. It can reach heights of up to 2 meters, with stems 2 to 5 centimeters in diameter, adorned with 10-15 ribs hosting about 20 spines. The areoles, round in shape, are covered with white or brownish wool, giving rise to greyish-white or yellowish thorns that darken with age. It blooms with greenish-white nocturnal flowers, up to 7 cm long and 3 cm in diameter, followed by spherical, smooth, blue fruits when ripe​​.

In its native habitat, Cipocereus minensis thrives in rocky environments at high altitudes, showcasing its adaptability to challenging conditions. As an ornamental plant, it is appreciated for its aesthetic appeal in gardens and parks and is utilized for its medicinal properties, which include treatments for skin conditions, fever, and digestive issues. The plant has two subspecies, Cipocereus minensis sub. minensis and Cipocereus minensis sub. leiocarpus, enriching its diversity within the species​​.

Cultivation from Seeds

To cultivate Cipocereus minensis from seeds:

  • Propagate by seed or cuttings. If using seeds, sow them in a well-drained potting mix and keep the soil consistently moist.
  • For cuttings, select healthy, mature plant parts and root them in a moist potting mix.
  • Maintain the plants in a warm, dry environment with plenty of bright, direct light to encourage growth​.

This species, with its small, white flowers and black seeds, can add a unique touch to tropical and subtropical forests or garden settings, emulating its native tropical rainforests of Brazil ambiance​​.

For those interested in adding Cipocereus minensis to their collection, remember it's not just about the visual appeal; it's about embracing a piece of Brazil's rich biodiversity. With the right care, including adequate light, regular watering to keep the soil moist (but not waterlogged), and protection from colder temperatures, you can enjoy this exotic cactus and its intriguing floral and fruit displays.


Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Cipocereus

Botanical species: Cipocereus minensis

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