A taxonomic genus within the family Sagartiidae — certain sea anemones.
Origin of cereus
New Latin Cēreusgenus namefrom Latin cēreuscandle (from its shape)fromcērawaxcerate
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Cereus Sentence Examples
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 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.
EcHINOPSIS is another small group of species, separated by some authors from Cereus.