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 Photograph - Cereus Hexagonus Pink by Sharon Mau

Cereus Hexagonus Pink is a photograph by Sharon Mau which was uploaded on May 20th, 2013.

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This is fabulous Sharon... I love your selective focusing on this.. Your a very talented photographer dear friend. ;-) fv

Such a lovely blossom with gentle light on this cactus flower Sharon. Voted.

Lovely flower and dof! v

. . ♥ . . thank you so much Lianne . . ♥ . .

And another rare beauty my friend. F/V

Beautiful capture! F/V

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. . ♥ . . thank you Rick . . ♥ . .

The term cereus is used to describe cacti with very elongated bodies, including columnar growth cacti and epiphytic cacti. According Cactiguide the word cereus was commonly and freely used to describe any tree-like cacti. Even in the Cactus and Succulent society, the word cereus was commonly used to describe most tall green columnar cacti. The name Cereus originates in a book by Tabernaemontanus published in 1625 and refers to the candle-like form of species Cereus hexagonus. Regularly having been described by Philip Miller in 1754, and included all known cacti with very elongated bodies. Ludwig Pfeiffer in 1838 divided Cephalocereus (type Cephalocereus senilis), the name is derived from the Greek cephale, head, thus headed cereus, referring to the hairy pseudocephalium. Charles Lemaire described Pilocereus in 1839, now is renamed as Pilosocereus. The name Pilocereus is derived from the Greek pilos, felted, hairy, thus hairy cereus, similar to the Latin pilosus, from which the name Pilosocereus was derived. Genus Echinocereus (type Echinocereus viridiflorus) was described in 1848 by George Engelmann, the name is derived from the Greek echinos, hedgehog or sea urchin. Britton & Rose (1919-1923) and Alwin Berger (1929) continued to divide Cereus into many genera. Read more on Wikipedia

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