Of unknown origin, this tropical cactus develops long, multiple
stems up to 15 ft (4.5 m) in length. These vivid green stems have 2
to 3 angles and tough, undulating margins with widely spread,
single-spined areoles. In late spring to summer 12 in (30 cm),
creamy white, fragrant flowers appear. These are followed by red,
edible, egg-shaped fruit. The species is easy to cultivate and will
readily climb trees if allowed to grow freely.
Hardiness zone from 10 To 12
Cultivation: Grow these cacti in sun (or in a heated greenhouse in
cooler climates) in very well-drained, acid soil. They are frost
tender and are most vulnerable to caterpillars, mealybug and scale
insects. Propagate from seed or cuttings.