Origin of cereusModern Latin from L, wax taper from cera, wax: so named from the shape of certain varieties
any of a genus (Cereus) of cactus, or any of a number of night-blooming varieties of other genera, native to the SW U.S. and Mexico
Any of various cacti that belong to or formerly belonged to the genus Cereus, such as a night-blooming cereus.
Origin of cereusNew Latin Cēreus genus name from Latin cēreus candle (from its shape) from cēra wax ; see cerate .
- It includes notes of dewy cassis, night blooming cereus, and patchouli.
- In one group, represented by Cereus, they consist of a tube, more or less elongated, on the outer surface of which, towards the base, are developed small and at first inconspicuous scales, which gradually 0000 FIG.
- Those with long - tubed flowers comprise the genera Melocactus, Mammillaria, Echinocactus, Cereus, Pilocereus, Echinopsis, Phyllocactus, Epiphyllum, &c.; while those with short-tubed flowers are Rhipsalis, Opuntia, Peireskia, and one or two of minor importance.
- The yellow Micrococcus cereus-flavus and the B.
- The plants are nearly allied to Cereus, differing chiefly in the floriferous portion developing these longer and more attenuated hair-like spines, which surround the base of the flowers and form a dense woolly head or cephalium.