Cereus lemairei Hook.
Cereus polyrhizus F.A.C.Weber
Cereus trinitatensis Lem. & Herment
Hylocereus estebanensis Backeb.
Hylocereus polyrhizus (F.A.C.Weber) Britton & Rose
Hylocereus trinitatensis (Lem. & Herment) A.Berger
Hylocereus venezuelensis Britton & Rose
Wilmattea venezuelensis Croizat
Common Name: Red Pitaya
Red pitaya is a succulent, evergreen, climbing shrub that can grow in the branches of trees or on the ground. It produces aerial roots which it uses to support itself[
]. The stems are 2 - 3cm in diameter[
The fruit is said to be edible, though this still needs to be corroborated.
S. America - Colombia, Venezuela and the Guyanas, north to Costa Rica in C. America and Trinidad.
A plant of the warm tropical lowlands with low to high rainfall[
]. Plants can tolerate occasional short-lived frosts to -1°c[
Often an epiphytic plant, though it also grows on the ground. Requires a well-drained soil and a pH of 6 or lower[
The following entry cannot be relied upon until further corroboration is obtained. According to the report, the plant is native to arid regions of Mexico, whilst this species is actually from moist areas of northern S. America[
Fruit - raw[
]. A dark red, fleshy pulp with a slightly sweet, refreshing flavour[
]. The fruits are about 13cm in diameter[
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