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Hylocereus

This Hylocereus was grown from a failed specimen of those red ball Gymnocalycium mihanovichii grafts. I've kept this plant for a while, but I'll probably throw it away someday. Just not the kind of cactus I like...

Hylocereus undatus is the plant which produces what is known in South-East Asia as "dragon fruit". The dragon fruit is a product of a breeding programme which favoured large fruits. The fruits are over 300g each. The flavour, on the other hand, still needs improving. It tastes rather bland, only slightly sweet. The flowers are rather non-descript, large but mostly in shades of white, off-white and yellow.

A nice bunch of Hylocereus undatus plants can be found at Cactus Valley, if you live in Malaysia and want to see the plant for yourself.

Sep 2002: At left are Hylocereus undatus at Cactus Valley. The flowers are a rather bland combination of yellow and green; they can be discerned in the picture.


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