Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose

Etymology Genus Hyle (Greek), meaning forest, woods or thicket; referring to its native habitat
Species Wavy edged
Family Cactaceae
Synonyms Cereus tricostatus Rol.-Goss., Hylocereus guatemalensis (Eichlam) Britton & Rose
Common Names Dragon Fruit, Buah Naga, Pitahaya
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Climber
Native Distribution Central America


Hylocereus undatus is the only climbing cactus found here. I have yet, to my knowledge seen it being cultivated at scale here, though individuals have been spotted now and then.

Interesting Facts:

The Dragon Fruit is well-known for its striking pink, edible fruit, with overlapping sepals. Its flowers only bloom at night.

Vietnam is the world's biggest exporter of the Dragon Fruit. In 2013, it accounts for 55% of the country's total fruit export (Doanh, 2014).

A plantation of Dragon Fruit in Phan Thiết, Vietnam.

They are typically grown on short pillars so that it is easy to harvest the fruits.

A portion of their succulent stem.

Wilting flowers.

A developing fruit.


Doanh Nhan (2014) Earning $1 billion, but fruit exporters can't get good night's sleep. Vietnam Breaking News. Accessed on 27-Feb-2017.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2017-08-27 / Modified: 2017-12-25