Cereus setaceus Salm-Dyck ex DC.
Mediocactus setaceus (Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Borg
Selenicereus setaceus (Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Werderm.
Common Name: Pitainha
Pitainha is a succulent, 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 plant is sometimes cultivated for its edible fruits, which are sold in local markets and also occasionally exported.
Much of the plants presumed former habitats have been destroyed in northeastern Brazil, but it still has a considerable range and is very frequent. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Often an epiphytic plant, though it also grows on the ground. Requires a well-drained soil and a pH of 6 or lower[
Fruit - raw[
]. A farinaceous, sweet, white pulp with a sweet and pleasant flavour[
]. The fruit is about 10cm long and 6cm wide[
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