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Taxon: Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose

Genus: Hylocereus
Family: Cactaceae subfamily: Cactoideae tribe: Hylocereeae
Nomen number: 19487
Place of publication: N. L. Britton, Fl. Bermuda 256. 1918
Name verified on: 04-Oct-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 29-Aug-2003
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.


Species on the following lists:

Common names:

  • belle-of-the-night   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • dragon-fruit   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • moonlight cactus   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • night-blooming cereus   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • queen-of-the-night   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • red pitaya   (Source: Acta Hort 575) – English
  • strawberry-pear   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • pitahaya rouge   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • pitaya   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – French
  • Distelbirne   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • chacam   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • chak-wob   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • junco tapatío   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • pitahaya   (Source: Cornucopia ) – Spanish
  • pitahaya dulce   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • pitahaya orejona   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • reina de la noche   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • tasajo   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • zacamb   (Source: Cact Fam ) – Spanish
  • röd pitahaya   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Southern Africa: South Africa
    Western Indian Ocean: Reunion
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales [n.e.], Queensland [e.]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Southwestern Pacific: New Caledonia; Niue
    Brazil: Brazil
    Southern South America: Chile - Juan Fernandez

  • widely cultivated

  • origin neotropics




Check other web resources for Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Hylocereus undatus cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 October 2015)

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