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23. A Chilian Cactus in flower and its Leafless Parasite in fruit

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Referring to the various Chilian landscapes, we see that columnar cacti are a conspicuous feature. This, the-commonest species, is Cereus Quisco, Gay, which grows to a height of 1.5 to 20 feet, and is often preyed upon by a leaf less parasite, Loranthus aphyllus, Miers (syn. L. cactorurn, Hook. et Arm). In this case both nurse-plant and parasite-are leafless ; in others it may be seen that the leaves of the two are often similar (see 21 and 734). In 26 the cactus and its parasite are shown in their natural habitat. The ripe white berries of the Loranthus are edible

Copyright © The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Media ID 20530088

Date: 20th February 2018

Credit: © The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Filename: MN_023-MN090422_023.jpg

Image Size: 5169 x 7333 Pixels

Filesize is 46.14MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Keywords: art, artist, berries, cactus, green, landscape, leaves, marianne north, painting, snow peak, white