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Holiday Cactus

Pink Elephant
Family Cactaceae
Name Schlumbergera
Synonym Zygocactus
Common Names Inch-by-inch plant, Holiday cactus
Etymology
Schlumbergera Named after Frederic Schlumberger, 19th century French collector of cacti and other succulents.

Pictures:
Christmas Cactus
Thanksgiving Cactus
  See also:  Cactus & succulents, Culture / Germination

Schlumbergera is a genus of epiphytic (lives on trees) cactus that comes from the jungles of Brazil. Like most cacti, it is leafless and its flatten stems have taken over the responsibility of photosynthesis, producing food for the plant from light.

The Christmas cactus is so named because it flowers during early Winter and in the Northern hemisphere, this coincides with Christmas. In New Zealand, this cactus flowers in June, providing a splash of colour when needed most. A related species, the Thanksgiving cactus flowers a month earlier, its flowers fading just as the Christmas cactus' are starting to open.

The flower is made up of whorls of petals, the varying length base fused to form a tube. The pollen is cream, and the brightly coloured stamen is usually of a contrasting colour. A lot of breeding work has been done on Schlumbergera, and as a result, a wide variety of colours are available today, from white to red, to purple and yellow, and all the colours in between.

 Christmas Cactus

Name Schlumbergera buckleyi
Synonyms Schlumbergera bridgesii
Zygocactus bridgesii
Zygocactus buckleyi
Epiphyllum buckleyi
Common Name Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera×buckleyi, the Christmas Cactus, is a cross between S. russelliana and S. truncata. Shown here is the variety Pink Elephant. In New Zealand, it flowers around June and July.



Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant

 Thanksgiving Cactus


X'mas Fantasy

or 'Christmas Fantasy'
Name Schlumbergera truncata
Synonym Zygocactus truncatus
Common Names Thanksgiving Cactus, Claw Cactus, Crab Cactus, Yoke Cactus
Etymology
truncata From Latin truncatus meaning cut off.

Schlumbergera truncata, is the Thanksgiving Cactus. In New Zealand, it flowers in late autumn, early winter, around May to June.



X'mas Fantasy

X'mas Fantasy

X'mas Fantasy - Bud

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Windsor

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