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Taxon: Hylocereus triangularis (L.) Britton & Rose

Genus: Hylocereus
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Hylocereeae
Nomen number: 19486
Place of publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12:429. 1909
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 26-Feb-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • queen-of-the-night  (Source: Cact Fam) - English
  • cierge liane  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Pitahaya  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • cardeiro-trepador  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • pitaya amarilla  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • CITES Appendix II:
  • Environmental:
  • Human food: fruit

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica

    Cultivated (widely cult.)


  1. Adams, C. 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica
  2. Anderson, E. F. 2001. The cactus family
  3. Angely, J. A. 1970-. Flora analítica e fitográfica do Estado de São Paulo.
  4. Backeberg, C. 1960. Die Cactaceae. 814.
  5. Backeberg, C. 1977. Das Kakteen Lexikon. 194.
  6. CITES. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices I, II and III (on-line resource).
  7. Hunt, D. 1992. CITES Cactaceae checklist
  8. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  9. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  10. Moscoso, R. M. 1943. Catalogus florae domingensis.
  11. Rehm, S. & G. Espig. 1991. The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics
  12. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  13. St. John, H. 1973. List and summary of the flowering plants in the Hawaiian islands
  14. Walker, E. 1976. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands.

Check other web resources for Hylocereus triangularis (L.) Britton & Rose :

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Hylocereus triangularis cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=19486. Accessed 26 May 2020.