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Useful Tropical Plants

Hylocereus setaceus

(Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Ralf Bauer

Cactaceae

+ Synonyms

Cereus setaceus Salm-Dyck ex DC.

Mediocactus setaceus (Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Borg

Selenicereus setaceus (Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Werderm.

Common Name: Pitainha

Hylocereus setaceus
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Bert'sphotos
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Hylocereus setaceus Hylocereus setaceus Hylocereus setaceus

General Information

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[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
].
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)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Often an epiphytic plant, though it also grows on the ground. Requires a well-drained soil and a pH of 6 or lower[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
]. A farinaceous, sweet, white pulp with a sweet and pleasant flavour[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
]. The fruit is about 10cm long and 6cm wide[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Stem cuttings.
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