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Is this an Easter Cactus?

Posted by annellen Maine (My Page) on
Sun, May 4, 14 at 11:14

Some of the leaves or segments of this exotic-looking plant are 12 inches long! It starts setting buds by March (indoors in Maine), and the blossoms, when fully opened, will reach 3-4 inches long. Everyone asks what it is! I thought at first that it was a night-blooming cerise (sp?), but it opens all day and night, and lasts many days. Thank you for your help!


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RE: Is this an Easter Cactus?

Epiphyllum ackermannii.


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RE: Is this an Easter Cactus?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sun, May 4, 14 at 14:22

Flowers are too pale for the quite red Nopalxochia hybrid grown under that name; coloring is instead more like N. phyllanthoides but stems are longer and more diffuse than usual for it. And any rate, the grab bag common name for you here is orchid cactus instead of Easter cactus, which is actually more like a crab cactus or Christmas cactus, with segmented stems.


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RE: Is this an Easter Cactus?

Epiphyllum hybrid.

There are probably hundreds of varieties.


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RE: Is this an Easter Cactus?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, May 5, 14 at 13:37

I forgot that Disocactus is being used now. It also appears that the habit of yours is not uncharacteristic - it is probably the straight D. phyllanthoides.

True Epiphyllum tend to be nocturnal flowering and white. The name Epicactus has been come up with for the many hybrid orchid cacti involving multiple genera.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bing Pictures of Disocactus phyllanthoides

This post was edited by bboy on Mon, May 5, 14 at 13:38


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