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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  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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.

Hylocereus megalanthus Yellow Pitaya


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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.

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

Habitats
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 ].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
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 ].
Propagation
Seed - Stem cuttings.
Other Names
Yellow Pitaya, chaulmoogra, chaulmoogra oil tree, chaulmoograträd, chaulmugra, cholmugra, nirati, tuvaraka.
Found In
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
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(K.Schum. Ex Vaupel) Ralf Bauer
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