Cereus thurberi Engelm.
Lemaireocereus thurberi (Engelm.) Britton & Rose
Marshallocereus thurberi (Engelm.) Backeb.
Rathbunia thurberi (Engelm.) P.V.Heath
Common Name: Pitahaya Dulce
Plant growing in native habitat in Viscaino, Baja California Sur
Photograph by: Amante Darmanin
Pitahaya dulce is a much-branched, tree or shrub-like, spiny cactus growing 6 - 12 metres or more tall[
]. The more tree-like forms have a short trunk up to 50cm 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 - Arizona to Mexico.
Upland Sonoran desert scrub at elevations from 20 - 1,100 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics. Plants can tolerate temperatures down to around -4°c so long as the weather is dry[
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[
]. A sweet-flavoured pulp[
]. The red fruits are 3 - 7cm 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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