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Pitaya, Xoconochtli, Jonocostle
Scientific Name: Stenocereus stellatus (Pfeiff.) Riccob.
Synonym: Cereus stellatus, Lemaireocereus stellatus, Rathbunia stellata, Cereus dyckii
Family: Cactaceae
Pitaya, Xoconochtli, Jonocostle (Stenocereus  stellatus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: takes little frost

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)

Growth Habits: Shrubby, up to 10 feet tall (3 m), often basally branching, bluish green stems 2.8 to 4 in. wide (7-10 cm); 8-12 obtuse ribs; areoles 0.4 to 0.8 in. apart (1-2 cm); 3 central spines; 10-12 gray radials with darker tips.

Watering Needs: Little to moderate water

Propagation: Stem cuttings

The fruit is edible, slightly acid can be found in the markets as 'Jonocostle' or 'Tuna'.

Blooming Habits:
The nocturnal pink, bell-shaped 1.6 to 2.4 inch long flowers (4-6 cm), appear at the top of the stems in June to August. The red globose fruit are up to 1.2 inches in diameter (3 cm) with spines falling at maturity.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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