Harrisia (plant)

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Harrisia gracilis and Harrisia martinii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Harrisia

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Harrisia (applecactus)[1] is a genus of night blooming cacti native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and the U.S. state of Florida. The genus is named after William Harris, an important botanist of Jamaica. There are about 20 species.[2]

Harrisia martinii is an exotic invasive in Australia, Africa, and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The genera Eriocereus (A.Berger) Riccob. and Roseocereus Backeb. have been brought into synonymy with this genus.

Species include:


  1. ^ "Harrisia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Flora of North America