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Dragonfruit

Hylocereus costaricensis

Description:

From flower to fruit. The photos 4 & 5, flower and fruit, were added from another spotting to show the whole development of the fruit. A pitaya is the fruit of several cactus species. "Pitaya" usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while "Pitahaya" or "Dragonfruit" always refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus.

Notes:

Hylocereus blooms only at night; the large white fragrant flowers of the typical cactus flower shape are among those called "moonflower" or "Queen of the Night".


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Comments

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Interesting and well documented stages of the fruit development. Great series and info Pam!!!

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Petén, Guatemala

Lat: 16.99, Long: -89.69

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

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