Help to ID a Plant

achang89(Z6)July 8, 2013

This is a plant that given to us from a friend. We've not paid much attention and I do not remember if it ever flowered. Here are some pictures:

I assume it is a big brother of Easter cactus. But I could be wrong. For the thin growth, should I trim it? How should I care it? I assume in the summer we can put it outside for half sun and half shade.

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NeonCactus(8A South Carolina)

Definitely an epiphyte of some kind. They love filtered sunlight or bright indirect light. A little bit of direct sunlight is ok, but caution should be taken so as not to burn the branches. I feed a weak fertilizer to them bi-weekly in the growing season.

Yours probably hasn't flowered due to not being given a "dormant" period. Basically you stick them in a cold dark area in the winter and water them once a month. Like I said I'm just guessing here, but that's usually why they don't flower.

Could also need to be repotted. They need a pot upgrade about every 2 years.

It looks strikingly similar to a Acanthorhipsalis Monacantha I have due to the growth pattern of the branches. Without seeing it in flower though it's pretty difficult to tell.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 9:11PM
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I looked up the images of Acanthorhipsalis Monacantha and I do not think they are the same. The branches of this plant are mainly flat and thin.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:54AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I believe that to be an epiphyllum, an epiphytic jungle cactus

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 11:25AM
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I think this is close. Thx.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 3:33PM
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NeonCactus(8A South Carolina)

Achang89, I have this plant and all of the branches are thin and flat. If you do Google searches you can see the branches are thin and flat. As they get older the branches get thicker.

This plant in particular looks exactly like yours

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:35PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Im telling you it is an orchid cactus

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 9:22AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

NeonCactus, the photo you link to does look like the OP's plant. I checked out the link you gave & found it was from a (German) forum asking if it was an Epiphyllum or Acanthorhipsalis monacantha. Translating all responses form German, the consensus was that it was a Rhipsalis (even though it was found in a Google image search under Acanthorhipsalis monacantha). If your plant also looks like the one in the photo linked, then you probably have a Rhipsalis as well.

I also believe achang89's plant is a type of Rhipsalis/Lepismium. You may have to wait for blooms to determine which species.

Rhamel, your last reply/statement is the kind of thing that has gotten you in trouble in the past. You did well on your 1st response by saying "I believe...", which you could've followed up with something to back up your belief. What exactly is an "orchid cactus"? Which species of Epiphyllum is it? The skinny growths with spines don't look like any Epiphyllum I've ever seen. Do you have an example to show us?

This post was edited by rosemariero on Wed, Jul 10, 13 at 14:06

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 1:52PM
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We received it from a friend. If I remember correctly, it flowered before and the color is orange red, somehow like the kaffir lily. I do not know if this helps.

I'll just treat it like Easter cactus....

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 11:06PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I have a young one but it doesnt resemble arches yet. I actually agree that it can be a Rhip

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 11:15PM
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Oh my, there's my mystery cactus! I have tried to get an ID on a norwegian garden and plant forum. I got it at a meeting in the garden society. :)

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 8:23AM
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