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Family: CACTACEAE 

 Peniocereus viperinus
 
 
Author:   Franz Buxbaum, 1975
Family:  Cactaceae
Origin:  Mexico
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  10 centimetres
Height:  2 meters
Flower:  Pink - Dark Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Organito de Vibora, Cardoncillo
Synonyms:  Cereus viperinus F.A.C.Weber, 1904, Cullmannia viperina, Wilcoxia viperina, Peniocereus tomentosus, Wilcoxia tomentosa, Wilcoxia papillosa, Neoevansia viperina

   This member of the Cactaceae family was given this name by Franz Buxbaum in 1975. It is found in Mexico, growing in grit with little water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres or more, the long slim branches to two meters. The flowers are pink to dark red, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.

The genera name from pene; 'thread' and Cereus another member of the Cactaceae family, as to plant form. The species name means 'vipers'.