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Dragonfruit (Red Pitaya)

Hylocereus polyrhizus


Photos were taken on the 7th and 20th of December to show you the developing dragonfruit. The cactus flowers are about 40cm long, white with numerous anthers and an anemone-like stigma. En masse the flowering is spectacular. Fruit forms, approx 15cm in length. There were 46 fruit on this cactus. When cut open the colour of the flesh is a vivid red. Flavour can range from bland to subtly sweet. Once it starts flowering it sets fruit fast and the fruit grows fast also. Native bees are one of its pollinators.


Growing on semi-rural property for its fruit. Clifton Beach QLD

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Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 6 years ago

My pleasure Maria. I'm glad you learnt something new. That is what I love about PN. I learn something new everyday!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Very nice series showing the different parts of the plant. I had dragonfruit for the first time in Viet Nam and loved it but had no idea how the plant looks. Thanks for sharing this.

Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 20, 2014
Submitted on Dec 21, 2014

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