Hylocereus

 

There are 12-18 species of Hylocereus in Central America and Mexico, and H. undatus widely used as garden plant in the tropical world. It is actually considered invasive in a number of ecosystems.

Hylocereus are generally large climbers reaching 30 feet high in trees (9 m). They can also be epiphytic.

Some Hylocereus have huge flowers, up to 12 inches across (30 cm) that open at night and are pollinated by bats. Most species have white flowers, but Hylocereus stenopterus has red flowers.

Species and varieties
Hylocereus calcaratus
Hylocereus costaricensis (Costa Rica Nightblooming Cactus)
Hylocereus escuintlensis
Hylocereus estebanensis
Hylocereus guatemalensis
Hylocereus lemairei
Hylocereus microcladus
Hylocereus minutiflorus
Hylocereus monacanthus
Hylocereus ocamponis
Hylocereus peruvianus
Hylocereus polyrhizus (Pitajaya)
Hylocereus purpusii
Hylocereus scandens
Hylocereus stenopterus
Hylocereus triangularis
Hylocereus trigonus (Strawberry-pear)
Hylocereus undatus (Nightblooming Cactus)
Hylocereus antiguensis synonym of Hylocereus trigonus (Strawberry-pear)
Hylocereus compressus synonym of Hylocereus triangularis
Hylocereus cubensis synonym of Hylocereus triangularis
Hylocereus napoleonis synonym of Hylocereus trigonus (Strawberry-pear)
Hylocereus plumieri synonym of Hylocereus trigonus (Strawberry-pear)
Hylocereus tricostatus synonym of Hylocereus undatus (Nightblooming Cactus)
Hylocereus venezuelensis synonym of Hylocereus lemairei

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