Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Cereus jamacaru DC.
queen of the night
Invasive, Potential minor problem species
Origin: South America (North East Brazil)
Growth Form: Tree
Plant Description: Plant: Spiny tree 3–7(–15) m high with thick, succulent branches arising from a short, woody trunk; resembles the indigenous Euphorbia ingens (naboom) but its spines are in groups of 5–10 and its cut stems do not exude a milky latex; branches green to blue-green with (4)–6–(9) prominent ribs; ribs sometimes broken and wavy. Leaves: None. Flowers: White, showy, up to 250 mm long, nocturnal, November–January. Fruit: Yellowish-pink, pink or red, succulent berries (A), ± 60 mm long, white inside with small, black seeds.
Key Features:
Control: inject large plants with MSMA, spray small plants, chop down and burn or deeply bury
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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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