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the Bayahibe Rose

The Leuenbergeria quisqueyana, commonly known as the Bayahibe rose, is a species of cactus endemic to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic. 

Known as the "Bayahibe Rose" , Leuenbergeria quisqueyana is the scientific name for this organism; nevertheless, it was formerly known as Pereskia quiskyana (the name was changed in 2013). This kind of cactus is native to the Dominican Republic and is commonly referred to as the Bayahibe Rose of the Dominican Republic. It is one of the rare kinds of cactus that has leaves, and the Bayahibe rose is one of those species.

Bayahibe Rose is found in its native environment, which consists of tropical or subtropical dry woods. These forests are situated on the southeastern coast of La Española, specifically in the vicinity of the city of Bayahibe, which is the namesake tree. Because to the destruction of its environment, it is in grave risk.

The year 1977 was the year when the French botanist Henri Alain Liogier made the discovery of the species. It was given the name quisqueyana by him as a tribute to the Dominican Republic, which is also referred to as Quisqueya. The Bayahibe Rose was designated as the national flower of the Dominican Republic by Act 146-11, which also insured that it would be protected owing to the fact that it is becoming increasingly endangered.

This dioic cactus, known as Leuenbergeria quisqueyana, has the appearance of a shrub and may grow to a height of six meters (which is twenty feet). The thorns that grow in clusters are arranged in groups and surround the stem of the tree. The smooth, succulent leaves of this plant have an oval form and a vibrant green hue. Pink in color, the flower of the Bayahibe Rose blooms at the very tips of the individual branches of the plant. Yellow fruits that contain black seeds are produced by this plant.

This post is the ninth installment in our series titled "Flores en Casa de Campo." In the next articles, you will have the opportunity to learn about La Cayena, Isabel Segunda, and a great deal more!

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