Definition of Genus cereus
1. Noun. Genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white.
Generic synonyms: Caryophylloid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Cactaceae, Cactus Family, Family Cactaceae
Member holonyms: Night-blooming Cereus
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Cereus
Literary usage of Genus cereus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Amaryllidaceae: Preceded by an Attempt to Arrange the Monocotyledonous by William Herbert (1837)
"... genus Cereus. Grandiflorus is also said to have been crossed with ... therefore, every reason to suppose that the whole genus Cereus will intermingle, ..."
2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"Many species allied The seeds of many of the species of Pachycereus ("ear- to the genus Cereus bear edible fruits, usually called pita- dones") are used by ..."
3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1893)
"The large genus Cereus is the crowning glory of the cacti. It retains the ribbed structure of echinocactus, but its stems are nearly always columnar and in ..."
4. Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse by Edward Step (1897)
"The genus Cereus has been represented in this country for more than two hundred years, several species having been introduced in 1690: C. ..."
5. The Cactaceae: Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Joseph Nelson Rose (1920)
"This organ had all the characteristics of the genus Cereus, and I could now name the species, and did so in honour of the finder, ..."
6. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Historical and Descriptive by William Jackson Bean, William Turner Thiselton-Dyer (1908)
"This genus, Cereus, is on the whole, perhaps, the most remarkable of the family of cactuses. The plants frequently take the form of one or a cluster of tall ..."