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Harrisia jusbertii
(Syn: Eriocereus jusbertii)
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Harrisia jusberti is a night-blooming Cereus commonly known  as "Queen of the night"
It is a nice columnar cactus that produces huge nocturnal white flowers from spring to autumn. 
 

Description: Harrisia jusberti is a columnar cactus, without aerial roots or segments, branching later, that forms small scrubs with few branches, mostly erect to sub-erect often requiring a stake or support from the surrounding.
Stem: Dark green, up to 6 cm in diameter.
Ribs: 4 to 6 fairly acute.
Spines:
About 7, very short more or less equal.
Areoles: 2 cm apart
Flowers: Large up to18 cm long (or more) white, funnel-shaped, strongly scented, with brownish green outer petals,.
Blooming season: This species produces abundant blossoms that open nocturnally from spring to autumn. Scales felty and hairy in the axil.
Fruits: Fleshy tannish-green to yellowish-red at maturation with areoles, scales and short spines, pulp
white . The fruits are rarely seen in cultivation, since the species is self-sterile, and most plants Ė even from different sources - might be coming from the same clone.
Seeds: Numerous, black.

Remarks: H. jusbertii
is considered by some to possibly be a natural
intergenic hybrid between Harrisia sp., probably H. pomanensis, and Echinopsis eyriesii rather than a pure species.

 

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H.  jusbertii is considered one of the best stock to use for grafting valuable species and chlorophyll lacking cultivars of cacti.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Harrisia jusbertii (K. Schum.) Britton & Rose

Origin: Unknown, maybe Argentina or Paraguay.  

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Eriocereus jusbertii (K. Schum.) Riccob.
  • Harrisia 'Jusbertii' (Rebut ex K.Schum.) Borg
  • Harrisia bonplandii
  • Cereus jusbertii

Taxonomy: Harrisia bonplandii is not valid a synonym of this plant, it is instead a synonym of Harrisia pomanensis.


A magnificent flower with a diameter of 18 cm.
 

 


Cultivation: This species presents no problems in cultivation and will do well in a sunny spot in a cactus house. These plants will not tolerate extended periods of frost;  they can survive to a minimum temperature of -4įC. Grow them in rich, porous, sandy soil and let their soil dry out between waterings. If potted, repot in the spring if their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll need larger containers. Fill about a quarter of the pot with broken crocks, gravel, etc. to promote good drainage. After repotting, do not water for a week or more.
Propagation: Harrisia jusbertii can be increased by seeds or cuttings.  Cuttings of healthy shoots can be taken in the spring and summer, Cut the stem with a sharp, sterile knife just above a bud or shoot (a 7-10cm long tip or branch is most suitable for propagation) Leave the cutting in a warm, dry place for a week or weeks (depending on how thick the cutting is) until a callus forms over the wound. Once the callus forms, the cutting may be inserted into a container filled with firmed cactus potting mix topped with a surface layer of coarse grit. They should be placed in the coarse grit only; this prevents the cut end from becoming too wet and allows the roots to penetrate the rich compost underneath. The cuttings should root in 2 to 6 weeks.
Uses:
Harrisia jusbertii forms long columns that are great for grafting valuable species of cacti and - differently from other common grafting stock - donít induces plants to elongate out of character and produce weak spination. The scions on Harrisia donít grow as fast as the ones grafted on other tender and stronger stock, but they prosper very easy and can be kept in dark and cold places in winter. It can easily endure some light frost, too.

 

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