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#1 User is offline   matthew1381 

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 09:48 AM

Hello,

Counted 24 blooms on this beautiful as yet un-named Epiphyllum hybrid !

Enjoy !!
Rgds Matthew

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 09:49 AM

wow the blooms look big and beautiful brought from one of yr local nurseries?
Cheers! :grin:
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:00 AM

Hi Ian,

No, someone just gave me a 6 inch cutting in 1997 when I first moved to Perth and this plant ( repotted and pruned several times) continues to flower without fail every spring/summer although the flowers just last a few days at most.
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:18 AM

This plant is an epiphyllum - i think (am not sure) dragon fruit which you refer to is from the Selenicereus branch of the epicactus family.
Cacti as you know are in 2 general groups - one of the desert type environment and the other from the jungle environment, to which this epiphyllum genera belongs.

The flowers on my plant if they are not pollinated, dry and die off - I don't try myself to cross-pollinate (am not expert on that) so have not got to the fruit stage so far on this hybird.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:26 AM

Hi again,

Just to confirm the "dragon fruits" you mentioned are botanically named as
Hylocereus - hylocereus undalatus and
Selenicereus - selenicereus megalanthus are the two main ones from which dragon fruit is cultivated.

Epiphyllums are from different part of the overal epicactus family.

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