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This plant has interesting growth habit feature. With the side light, leaves grow in one plane along the light direction; with the light directed from the top, leaves form dense rosette, as shown on the pictures. The two plants are grown from cuttings from the same plant; with different light diffusion conditions, they look like different plants.
Good as a groundcover or in containers.
The plants are tall-growing and somewhat weedy in appearance, with lavender, pink or magenta flowers that have a contrasting bright green limb. The leaves are usually bright green but occasional individuals have very dark leaves with reddish-purple undersides.
Excellent houseplant; even when not in bloom the attractive foliage is evergreen and attractive all seasons. Grown outdoors in dappled shade with plenty of water, the density of the foliage and flowers makes a spectacular show. May die down in the spring, then comes back during the rainy season. This is a great fall to early winter flowering perennial. It spreads rapidly from rhizomes and forms a dense ground cover. You can give flowering starts of it from your garden as Christmas presents.
The Spikemosses are creeping or ascendant plants with simple, scale-like leaves on branching stems from which roots also arise. They can be used for edging greenhouse benches, covering pillars, planting in hanging baskets and decorating terrariums.
Very interesting plant. It is in the epiphyllum group and is easy to propagate and grow. It has angled stems, producing aerial roots, and white, beautiful flowers but is great to have just for its striking leaves. Flowers are large and nocturnal, pollinated by moths or rarely bats. The receptacle bears small bracts, hairs and usually spines. Fruits bear numerous spines. Flowers are generally produced in abundance with mature plants and are white and are very fragrant and usually last a single night.
Epiphytic in wet forests, keep the soil moist and well drained.
Epiphyte climbing by abundant aerial roots. Selenicereus grandiflorus is similar to Selenicereus pteranthus.
Very rare epiphytic cactus that was first collected in 1900s but hardly traded since then. It has Large off white/yellow blooms with gold/bronze accents and back petals. They are very large and 8"+ when fully opened. The growth is spiny and most unusual of this species compared to other Selenicereus in that it has brownish colored stems, small diameter stem growth compared to the blooms they average 1/4" to 3/4" in diameter. Like many species this variety is nocturnal blooming, blooms will stay open till late morning. The flowering period is late June to fall. It can bloom off season if weather is warm enough. Very easy to grow, takes similar growing culture as Epiphyllums but brighter light.
Epiphyte climbing by abundant aerial roots. Selenicereus macdonaldiae is similar to Selenicereus pteranthus.
This cactus originates from Bolivia, Equador, Peru and Columbia. It's greatly known for it's sweet tasting fruit. Knobbed, yellow cactus fruit sharing some similarities with the dragon fruit (pitaya). Taste is said to be superior to most cactus fruits. The fruit is popular eaten chilled, out of hand. It is also used to flavor drinks and pastries.
A vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems reaching from a few inches up to 20ft long (in mature plants). The fruits are smaller than the common dragon fruit, and contain prominent spikes until ripening time, upon which the spikes drop off. Prefers partial sun and can tolerate down to 32F, but typically doesn't want to see below 40F. The vines tolerate very high temperatures as well.
Commercially grown to a limited extent in Columbia. Fruits are occasionally exported to Europe and Canada.
Epiphyte climbing by abundant aerial roots.