Epiphyllum macropterum thomasianum (K.Schum.) Borg
Phyllocactus thomasianus K.Schum.
Common Name: Pitahaya
Pitahaya is an evergreen, succulent, perennial plant, often very large and scandent[
]. The main stems are woody with thin and flexible side branches[
The branches are commonly used locally for healing fractured bones[
]. The plant is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
Central America - Costa Rica to Guatemala
On rocks or trees in moist or wet forest at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the tropics, it requires a mean minimum temperature no lower than 12°c and is not frost tolerant.
Prefers a position in light shade. Requires a moist but well-drained soil.
The flowers only open of a night time[
It is a common practice in Guatemala to bind the tough, wide stems around fractures. They act as efficient bandages, hold the broken parts in place, and are popularly believed to aid in healing them[
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