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Hylocereus megalanthus - (K.Schum. Ex Vaupel) Ralf Bauer

Common Name Yellow Pitaya
Family Cactaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. America - Peru, Colombia, Ecuador.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (3 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Hylocereus megalanthus Yellow Pitaya


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Summary

Native to South America, Hylocereus megalanthus or Yellow Pitaya is a succulent, climbing shrub that can grow on branches of trees of on the ground. It produces aerial roots. It is often cultivated for its fruits. The ovoid yellow fruit has a succulent pulp with a sweet flavor. The plant can be grown from seeds or stem cuttings.


Physical Characteristics

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Hylocereus megalanthus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Cereus megalanthus K.Schum. ex Vaupel Mediocactus megalanthus (K.Schum. ex Vaupel) Britton & Rose Se

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[416 ]. A succulent pulp with a sweet flavour[416 ]. Some forms have a thin skin and an extremely delicious flavour[301 ]. The fruit is around 12cm long and 7cm wide[416 ]. Immature fruits have tufts of thin spines, but these fall off naturally as the fruit ripens[416 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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Vitamin C

Higher in calcium then red dragon fruit. High in protein. High in antioxidants. High in dietary fiber. A good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Small amounts of iron, vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Niacin. Seeds contain good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Other Uses

Hedge

Agroforestry Uses: The plant can be used to make a beautiful flowering hedge[317 ].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Plants can tolerate very high temperatures, and also occasional low temperatures to 0°c[377 ]. Often an epiphytic plant, though it also grows on the ground. Requires a well-drained soil and a pH of 6 or lower[200 ].

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Propagation

Seed - Stem cuttings.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Yellow Pitaya, chaulmoogra, chaulmoogra oil tree, chaulmoograträd, chaulmugra, cholmugra, nirati, tuvaraka.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, South America,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Least Concern

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Hylocereus undatusDragon Fruit, Red PitayaShrub4.0 10-12 FLMHSNDM402

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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