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phylloclade
Flattened stems that take over the function
of photosynthesis from leaves, eg. in cactus.
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phylloclade
Flattened stems that take over the function
of photosynthesis from leaves, eg. in cactus.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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Disocactus phyllanthoides

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Family Cactaceae
Name Disocactus phyllanthoides
Synonyms Cactus phyllanthoides
Nopalxochia phyllanthoides
Phyllocactus phyllanthoides
Cereus phyllanthoides
Common Name Pond lily cactus
Featured Plant November 2005
Etymology
Disocactus From Greek dis meaning twice, Greek isos meaning equal, and the Genus Cactus, referring to the equal number of sepals and petals in the flower.
phyllanthoides From Greek phyllon meaning leaf, Greek anthos meaning flower, and Greek -oides meaning resembling, referring to the habbit of flowering from what appears to be leaves (acually phylloclades).

  See also:  Cactus & succulents, Culture / Germination

This species of epiphytic cactus produces beautiful pink flowers in late Spring, reminiscent of Epiphyllum. Cultivated since prehistorical times in South America, its Aztec name is Nopalxochitl.



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