Most of us are familiar with pitaya, but how much do we know about the flower? The luminous flowers nearly glow in the dark with their white feathery petals and yellow depths, and close up in the early morning. Once the flower fades after being pollinated, the dragon fruit (or pitaya) begins to develop.
Most plants of the Hylocereus species originate from Latin America (probably from Mexico and Colombia). Some plants are likely to stem from the West Indies. Today, they have been distributed in tropical and subtropical regions all over the world. The most common species is H. undatus which is cultivated as a commercial crop in Australia, China, Israel, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Vietnam, Colombia and Costa Rica. There are about 16 species of Hylocereus which, due to their beautiful and large flowers, have a major ornamental value. These night-blooming flowers usually have creamy-white petals, but some species grow red and rose-red petals.