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Manzanote Photo Río Motagua Valley

The Manzanote Pereskia lychnidiflora is a primitive cactus believed to represent the ancestral cactus form.

The Manzanote has a tree form and shape and persistent non-succulent leaves. This very large Manzanote, covered with

yellow/orange flowers, was located south of the Río Motagua near Santa Cruz, Departamento de Zacapa.

Several Tuno Cactus Stenocereus eichlamii are located behind and to the right of the Manzanote in the photo.

Guatemala   © 1984 Peter W. Wendelken

Manzanote Photo
The name Manzanote given to this primitive form of Cactus in Guatemala comes from the Spanish language noun "manzana" meaning apple and the Spanish language suffix "-ote" which adds a sense of bigness to whatever word it is applied to as an ending. Thus, "big apple" or "big apple tree" might be an appropriate English translation. However, the fruit is inedible.

 

 

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