5401.060 Hylocereus (A.Berger) Britton & Rose - Pitahayas or Dragon-fruits

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Shrubs, scandent or scrambling or epiphytic; stems branched, usually 3-winged or –angled, segmented, margins often horny, often producing numerous aerial roots. Leaves absent. Flowers usually very large, nocturnal, white or rarely red, funnelform; pericarpel with leaf-like scales. Fruit fleshy, large, globose with broad scales. Seeds numerous, testa glossy black.

Derivation of name: Tropical America.

Comment: Recent phylogenetic research established that this genus and other genera in the related tribe are not monophyletic but a revised taxonomy has not yet been published.

Worldwide: 16 species in C America and W Indies.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hylocereus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hylocereus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hylocereus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hylocereus
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iNaturalist: Hylocereus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hylocereus
JSTOR Plant Science: Hylocereus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hylocereus
Plants of the World Online: Hylocereus
Tropicos: Hylocereus
Wikipedia: Hylocereus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Hylocereus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2473, retrieved 28 May 2024

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