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Princesa de la Noche, Pitahaya Real
Scientific Name: Selenicereus pteranthus (Link & Otto) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Selenicereus nycticalus, Cereus nycticallus, Cereus pteranthus, Cereus brevispinulus
Family: Cactaceae
Princesa de la Noche, Pitahaya Real (Selenicereus  pteranthus)
As Cereus nycticalus, in K. Schumann "Gesamtbeschreibung der Kakteen"
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Avoid frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60F (15C)

Heat Tolerance: Needs extra humidity in Phoenix

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Mexico (Tamaulipas, Veracruz), cultivated for its fruit

Growth Habits: Epiphyte, bluish or reddish stems 1.2 to 2 inches in diameter (3-5 cm), 4-6 ribs, not very visible in older stems; areoles with whitish felt, 0.3 to 0.7 inch in diameter (0.8-1.7 cm); 1 to 4 or more conical spines, 1 to 6 mm long

Watering Needs: Keep the soil moist and well drained.


Cultural Practices:
Use orchid substrate.

Blooming Habits:
Strongly scented white flowers, 10 to 12 inches long (25-30 cm), followed by edible spinyglobose red fruit, 2.4 to 2.8 inches in diameter (6-7 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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