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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose
Nightblooming cereus

Hylocereus undatus
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Probably Mexico, but the origins obscured through widespread cultivation; often invasive.

Map of South Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the upper Keys.  We consider this native and extant only on Key Largo in the upper Keys.

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Hylocereus undatus has been reported from the following 8 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Long Key State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Spoonbill Sound Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized




Hylocereus undatus has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock


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Hylocereus undatus
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Hylocereus undatus
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Hylocereus undatus
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr

Hylocereus undatus
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr