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Yellow Pitaya

Selenicereus megalanthus

a.k.a. Yellow Dragon Fruit

Knobbed, yellow cactus fruit sharing some similarities with the dragon fruit (pitaya). Taste is said to be superior to most cactus fruits.

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A vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems reaching from a few inches up to 20ft long (in mature plants). The fruits are smaller than the common dragon fruit, and contain prominent spikes until ripening time, upon which the spikes drop off.


Hardy to around 32-35F.

Growing Environment

The vines tolerate very high temperatures and usually need a trellis for support.


By seed, or by stem cuttings.


The fruit is popular eaten chilled, out of hand. It is also used to flavor drinks and pastries.

Native Range

Native to Central and South America. The yellow pitaya is commercially grown to a limited extent in Columbia. Fruits are occasionally exported to Europe and Canada.

Related Species

Cereus jamacaru
Pleated Cereus
Cereus repandus
Peruvian Apple Cactus
Cereus validus
Orange Apple Cactus
Hylocereus undatus
Dragon Fruit
Opuntia ficus-indica
Prickly Pear
Pereskia grandiflora
Rose Cactus
Selenicereus megalanthus
Yellow Pitaya