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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
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Dragon Fruit

Flower
Family Cactaceae
Name Hylocereus undatus
Common Names Dragon fruit, Pitaya
Featured Plant February 2012
Etymology
Hylocereus From Greek hylo meaning woods, and Latin cereus meaning like wax, referring to its habbitat in the forest and a waxy covering making it resistent to droughts.
undatus From Latin undans meaning wavy, referring to the wavy margins of its ribs.

  See also:  Cactus & succulents, Food plants, Culture / Germination

Hylocereus means night blooming cactus, an apt description for this cactus, for its showy blooms only open a couple of hours before sunset and close a couple of hours after sunrise. The perfumed flowers are pollinated by nocturnal flying insects and bats. It is epiphytic and is related to Disocactus and Epiphyllum.

Pollinated flowers grow into large fruit that ripen to a dark pink colour. The red pulp is jelly-like and contains numerous shiny black seeds.



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