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“It had previously been known as a Pereskia from the fact of its leaves being persistent and very large.”
“Around Turimiquire massif, some frequent species are: Taebuia billbergii, Bourreria cumanensis, Bauhinia aculeata, Pereskia guamacho and Bursera simaruba.”
“Recent molecular phylogenetic work has confirmed that Pereskia, a genus that consists of 17 species of leafy shrubs and trees, is where the earliest cactus lineages began.”
“Edwards and Donoghue found that the Pereskia species already showed water use patterns that are similar to the leafless, stem-succulent cacti.”
“This is borne out by the fruits of _Pereskia_, which bear leaves on their surface arranged spirally; indeed, the fruits of _Pereskia Bleo_ are mentioned as producing buds from their summits, in the same way as the _Opuntia_ just cited.”
“Leaves may occasionally be found in this way on the so-called calyx-tube or on the inferior ovaries of roses, pears, apples, _Pereskia_, _Cratægus tanacetifolia_, &c.”
“It would be absolutely impossible for any animal to climb an old stem of a Pereskia.”
“Grafted plants, especially Epiphyllums, when worked on to Pereskia stocks, are apt to grow weak and flabby through the stem wearing out, or through the presence of mealy bug or insects in the crevices of the part where the stock and scion join, in which case it is best to prepare fresh stocks of Pereskia, and graft on to them the best of the pieces of”
“All our Epiphyllums are grafted on the Pereskia aculeata.”
“Upon the same stock some grafts of Epiphyllum had previously been worked, so that it is probable these two aliens will form on their nurse-stem, the Pereskia, an attractive combination.”
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