Lemaireocereus Cactus

Lemaireocereus Cactus Lemaireocereus Commemorating Charles Lemaire, 1801-71, a famous French cactus specialist (Cactaceae). A genus of some 23 species of greenhouse succulent plants, mostly from South America, with generally erect stems, and large areoles with strong spines. They are day flowering, the flowers rather large, with short petals. This is a very good genus for increasing the height Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Hylocereus Cactus

Hylocereus cactus Hylocereus From the Greek hyle, wood and Cereus; the plants are found in forests (Cactaceae). A genus of epiphytic cacti, with three-angled or winged stems, often forming aerial roots. The flowers are large and open at night. Species cultivated H. antiguensis, stems three-angled, few spines, flowers greenish-white to yellow, Antigua. H. cal-caratus, climbing type with winged Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Harrisia

harrisia cactus Harrisia Commemorating William Harris, Superintendent of the Public Gardens, Jamaica (Cactaceae). A genus of tall-growing greenhouse succulents, erect when young, becoming sprawling when older. The stems are narrow with few groups of spines. The flowers are mostly white, nocturnal and fragrant. Some species are used as grafting stock. Species cultivated H. bonplandii, stem Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Gymnocalycium

Gymnocalycium Gymnocalycium From the Greek gymnos, naked, kalyx, bud; the flower buds having no covering (Cactaceae). Greenhouse cacti, mostly single-stemmed but a few species making offsets. All have shallow ribs with a 'chin' below the areole, and the majority are not heavily spined. The flowers are large for the size of plant. Flower colours are variable, pink or white occurring on normally Read more ...

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Ferocactus

Ferocactus Ferocactus From the Latin ferus, wild, and cactus; the plants are very spiny (Cactaceae). Hedgehog cactus. A genus of greenhouse cacti, globular plants, becoming columnar with age, with thick prominent ribs armed with strong spines, some hooked. Species cultivated F. latispinus, stem globular, depressed at top, the areoles with a group of strong, curved spines, flowers funnel-shaped, Read more ...

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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How to Prune Your Succulents and Cacti

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Epiphyllum

Epithelium Epithelium From the Greek epi, upon, phyllon, a leaf; the flowers are produced on the leaf-like branches (Cactaceae). Succulent greenhouse plants, epiphytic cacti, previously known as Phyllocactus. introduced in the early nineteenth century when they became very popular in stovehouses. Many now in cultivation are not true species but hybrids between a Selenicereus and a Nopalxochia. Species Read more ...

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Echinopsis

Echinopsis From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, opsis, like; the spiny plants resemble a rolled-up hedgehog (Cactaceae). Hedgehog cactus. Greenhouse cacti, first introduced in the early nineteenth century, among the commonest cactus plants in cultivation. They are globular when young, columnar with age. They have several deep ridges or ribs with areoles and stiff spines; their large, Read more ...

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Echinofossulocactus

echinofossulocactus Echinofossulocactus From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, the Latin fossula, a groove, and Cactus, referring to the grooved, prickly plants (Cactaceae). Greenhouse cacti, sometimes found under the genus Stenocactus. An easily recognised genus as the plants are globular and later columnar, with many ribs, up to 35 in some species. These ribs are very thin and wavy, thus presenting Read more ...

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Echinocereus

Echinocereus Echinocereus From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, and Cereus, referring to the very prickly nature of the plants (Cactaceae). Greenhouse cacti, first introduced in the late seventeenth century; a large genus with erect and spreading stems and mostly with large and spectacular flowers. Species cultivated E. berlandieri, thick sprawling stems with strong spines, flowers large, Read more ...

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