Florida cactus grow in the trees. It’s true! Tropical though it may be, jungle-like even, the cactus thrive in the trees.
Usually you think of giant saguaros and barrel cactus in the desert as being representative of the cactus family, but this is certainly not the case….
Here in South Florida, Pitaya (or as the old-timers call it, night-blooming cereus) was once fairly common on many residential properties. My old house had a huge live oak that hosted an immense amount of this thin, spiny cactus up to about 40 feet. Sometimes I would come home late at night and be greeted by the spectacle of hundreds of open, dinner-plate-size flowers and a delightful fragrance.
And they’re delicious! So many cactus to eat, so little time.