What is an epiphyte?

". . . a plant that grows upon another plant (such as a tree) non-parasitically or sometimes upon some other object (such as a building or a telegraph wire), derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain and sometimes from debris accumulating around it, and is found in the temperate zone (as many mosses, liverworts, lichens and algae) and in the tropics (as many ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads) — called also air plants."[1]

From wiki

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Aporocactus "Moonlight"

Here is my aporocactus hybrid "moonlight",
flowering for me the first time this past
summer, Took three years from the time I got
it as mess of broken short stems to grow and
bloom well for me, she gave three beautiful
flowers in a row, I hope for more next year!
There are many forms and colors of Aporocactus
available ,though much lesser known than their
wide flat leaf like stemmed 

epiphyllum hybrid cousins, the major difference
between the two is the stems, which are long and spiny
on aporocactus, sometimes earning it the names of
dog tail cactus, rat tail cactus, et.c.
So if you ever see a mess of what looks like 
some kind of jungle cactus hanging in a forgotten
corner in a nursury, look twice, you could be passing up
a real beauty!


  1. You have been very patient in waiting for this bloom. I have many cactus plants but none of them ever bloomed.
    Thanks for visiting & your comment in my blog.

  2. Stunning flowers; its shape and color! Real beauty, indeed!

  3. yes it took quite q while to bloom,this one.
    it is one of my favorites!

  4. The flowers species you post on your blog are very unique and beautiful. Why you stopped posting here? Are you waiting for Spring?

  5. sure am birdy, hopefully i will have some more
    blooms to share with you guys coming soon!