Cereus queretaroensis F.A.C.Weber
Lemaireocereus queretaroensis (F.A.C.Weber) Saff.
Pachycereus queretarensis (F.A.C.Weber) Britton & Rose
Ritterocereus queretaroensis (F.A.C.Weber) Backeb.
Common Name: Pitaya de Querétaro
A rather large specimen!
Photograph by: Ernesto
Pitaya de Querétaro is a much-branched, tree or shrub-like, spiny cactus with a short trunk, growing 6 metres or more tall[
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild for local consumption[
]. The plant is frequently grown, especially in Mexico, as a living fence along roadsides and around gardens[
Southern N. America - northern and Central Mexico.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics. Plants can only tolerate the lightest of frosts.
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7.5[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
The fruits are eaten[
]. The red fruits are about 6cm in diameter[
]. Immature fruits have spines on them, but these are lost as the fruit ripens[
Frequently planted in Mexico as a living, stock-proof fence along roadsides and around gardens[
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