Selenicereus validus is a night-blooming cactus from the genus Selenicereus and the species pteranthus. Its origin ranges from Mexico down through Central America, the Caribbean, and into South America. Selenicereus validus is a subtropical cactus and need a higher amount of moisture to grow compared to desert cacti. Stems are rope-like shaped 3/4″ to 1-1/2″ in diameter with fine spines covering the exterior. Ariel roots are common along the stem which aid in climbing.
Like many Selenicereus species, this variety is nocturnal blooming with blooms staying open till late morning that is typically fragrant. Flower buds start off by looking like miniature pointed cotton balls. Soon after, slender floral tubes having hairs at the base blooms 8″ to 12″ wide. The flower is white and yellow with yellow and red back petals when fully opened.
Fruits from Selenicereus validus has an unusual weighing about a quarter of a pound each. The exterior is bright red and with hair covering the entire fruit that can be brushed off once the fruit is ripe. The flesh is firm with small crunchy seeds. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in California.