Yes, there are. Some varieties of dragon fruit have reddish, pink & purple shade flowers. They are just as beautiful as the white flowers:
The petals are a bit thinner than the white flowers. The stigma forms an umbrella shape surrounded by the anthers. The fruits of the red-flowered Connie Mayer in particular has a very sweet fragrance. When eaten fresh, it tastes a bit like coconut. A very refreshing tropical taste.
You can find some other species with red flowers like:
Bruni, Connie Mayer & Kathie van Arum are the three sisters created by a German hybridizer (Eckhard Meier).
Some of these varieties are still under continuous development. The Asunta, for example, has been through version 1, 2, 3 & so on. It took 15+ years to continue improving this beautiful variety with good-tasting fruits. They actually grow these from seeds & wait up to 5 years to get a taste of the fruits. Truly remarkable.
This close-up makes us high:
Most of the species are hybrid crosses. Kathie van Arum, for example, is a hybrid between Hylocereus stenopterus x Hylocereus undatus. They have some of these varieties on the website: http://mattslandscape.com/hylocereus/
Most red dragon fruit flowers are not self-fertile. So some hand pollination is needed. They are however trying to improve this, making the species self-fertile.
This way, growers with dozens or hundreds of plants don't have to go one by one to pollinate each one. Hand pollination is a fun process though. It may be time consuming & impractical in some cases.
See a grower hand pollinates Connie Mayer here:
- kim phan
- Grafting Dragon Fruit
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