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Epiphyllum ID? (pic)

Posted by dave_in_nova VA zone 7a (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 21, 06 at 8:48

Is this just some kind of generic Red Epiphyllum? I picked this up as a small plant for $2 at a nursery going out of business several years ago. Could this be a species? The developing buds look like Christmas light bulbs. Once blooms open, they last about 2 days. It's in full bloom right now and may open up a few blooms sporadically throughout the summer.

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RE: Epiphyllum ID? (pic)

Hi Dave,
Nice flowering Epi,
It looks like Epicactus 'Ackermannii', a hybrid and it is a prolific bloomier.
Dan
Lincoln, NE USDA Zone 5


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RE: Epiphyllum ID? (pic)

Thanks Dan!


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RE: Epiphyllum ID? (pic)

Is it also called an orchid cactus? A local nursery has tons of them and thats how they are labeled


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RE: Epiphyllum ID? (pic)

Hi,
Orchid cactus is indeed a common name for this plant. It is an epiphyllum hybrid, but I don't think this is the hybrid ackermannii as the stems are totally different. Perhaps this is Nopalxochia ackermannii? It does look a lot like it but even then one cannot be sure with these plants...

Pieter


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