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Thanksgiving Cactus
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Schlumbergera truncata


heidbenati
heidbenati
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub


Cactaceae Family

Schlumbergera Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Christmas Cactus, Flor de Maio


Location

Brazil


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General Information

Schlumbergera is a genus of tree-dwelling cactus from Brazil introduced to Europe by the Kew collector, Allan Cunningham (1791-1839), in about 1816.

They are tropical rainforest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. Not surprisingly these cacti are quite different in appearance from that of their desert-dwelling cousins. In 1858 Charles Lemaire (1801-1871) named this genus after Frédéric Schlumberger (1823-1893), a French collector of cacti and other succulents, living at Chateau des Authieux near Rouen.
This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, also known as Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. The Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers belongs to Hatiora genus.
The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. As might be deduced from the coloured flowers of this genus, they open during the daylight hours and close at night.



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009



Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio
Thanksgiving Cactus, Flor de Maio - August 09, 2009

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