Common Names: Brooks Dildo,
Habit: Harrisia brookii grows
erect forming a many-branched structure. The main stems are up to 5
m in height/length. Stem typically 10 ridged with deep fissures
between ridges. The areoles occur along the stem approximately 2 cm
apart with 6 to 12 spines some reaching 3 cm in length.
The flowers are solitary in arrangement
occurring near the ends of stems/branches. The flowers open at night
and are up to 25 cm in length. The perianth has numerous sepals and
petals. There are numerous stamens. The ovary is inferior and has
numerous seeds. The fruit is a berry bearing small tubercles and
aeroles with white hairs. At maturity the fruit is yellow/white and
is the size of a softball.
Habitat: Harrisia brookii
grows in open rocky areas of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation
–Shrublands (Scrubland coppice). It has been recorded to occur in
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Harrisia brookii is endemic to the Bahamian Archipelago and
occurs only on Eleuthera and Long Island.
Harrisia brookii has no known medicinal uses. The fruit of
other species in the genus are known to be edible.
Harrisia brookii is protected by
CITES as an appendix II species. It is illegal to collect and
transport for commercial or personal usage.