Fruits of Vine and Columnar Cacti

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Fruits of vine and columnar cacti are increasingly popular in many countries. This chapter discusses vine and columnar cacti cultivated for their fruits, known as pitahaya or pitaya: pitahaya generally refers to fruits of vine (climbing) species and pitaya to fruits of columnar (erect) ones. The red pitahaya (Hylocereus undatus) is the most popular vine cactus and is a worldwide crop, while the yellow pitaya (Stenocereus queretaroensis) is the most cultivated among the columnar cacti. In the chapter, the cytology, breeding systems, environmental constraints, horticultural aspects, and commercialization of the main cultivated species are examined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCacti: Biology and Uses
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2002


  • Vine cacti
  • columnar cacti
  • pitahaya
  • pitaya
  • red pitahaya
  • Hylocereus undatus
  • Yellow pitaya
  • Stenocereus queretaroensis


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