Fernleaf Cactus
This plant is an epiphyte in tropical forests.   It can grow to 2m in height and can spread 2m in width.   Many large stems with deep lobation expand to look like a fern, so it is called Fernleaf Cactus.
The bloom is white and the sepals are thin and reddish purple.   The flower is about 20cm in diameter but the length from its base is about 40cm.   This flower has many golden stamens and its epithet refer to the appearance of this bloom; chrysocardium (chryso- which means gold and -cardium which is related to the heart).
This plant is a relative of Dutchman's Pipe (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) but Fernleaf Cactus blooms in the winter.   The flower starts opening at around 5 o'clock in the evening, becomes full bloom around 2 o'clock in the morning, and withers around dawn.   The flower is short-lived and blooms for one night only.   However this plant can have many buds which bloom sequentially.
The fruit is round, ripens to yellow, and has many spines.
Classification: Cactaceae Selenicereus
Scientific name: Selenicereus chrysocardium
(Syn. Marniera chrysocardium, Epiphyllum chrysocardium)
Japanese name: Goruden-hato
English Name: ---
Native locality: Mexico
Ecological description: ---
RDB : ---
Planting place: Plant of South and Central America Greenhouse
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