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Chiotilla cactus
Chiotilla cactus
ripe jiotilla fruit
ripe jiotilla fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Pachycereeae
Genus: Escontria
Species: E. chiotilla
Binomial name
Escontria chiotilla
(F.A.C.Weber) Rose

Cereus chiotilla F.A.C.Weber
Myrtillocactus chiotilla F.A.C.Weber

Escontria is a genus of cactus. The only species is Escontria chiotilla, the chiotilla or jiotilla. The species originates from Mexico (Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, southern Puebla).

This is a tree-like cactus, up to 7 metres tall. It has 7 or 8 acute ribs, and very close or confluent areoles. It bears dark red fruit comparable in appearance and texture to Pitaya, but smaller (3,5 cm).[1]


  1. ^ "Jiotilla Plant (Escontria chiotilla [Weber] Britt. & Rose) as a new resource native to South Mexico". Retrieved 6 May 2012.