Any one have this Orchid Cactus ?

As this Forum is not officially an ID forum.
I have asked if any one has this Orchid Cactus.

What I would really like is to have this Plant Identified.
OK, it's not even a Cactus but a Succulent.

Can anyone please tell me what it is ?

kell.




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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Epiphyllum (orchid cactus)

Thanks once again Carol.
I don't know what I would do without your help.
I was given this piece today and am about to plant it.
It has small Flower spikes on it. (the size of a green pea)
Will they continue to grow ?

I needed to reduce this Picture before I could add it here.
If I don't reduce the Pictures my Puter times out.
The joys of Dial-Up Internet.

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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Hard to say. Mine are at the same stage now...about a month early. If the weather changes, again, they may drop their buds. The plants will also shed the buds if they are too small to support flowers yet. Cross your fingers! If this is an unrooted cutting, the buds will probably drop, but at least you know you have a mature cutting.

Would it make a difference if I grew it on in water for a time ?
The Flowers are so incredibly Big for such a thin Succulent.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

I've never tried them in water, so I don't know. I have seen some of my neighbors root them in water, but I don't speak the language, so I can't ask them.LOL!

You mean there are people living in America who don't speak English ?

Thanks for your advice.
I will try it in water then.
Nothing tried, nothing gained.

kell.

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Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Very much appears to be Epiphyllum Oxypetalum if judged by the stem structure. ;I would think the budding would be new stems due to location and design,. Here is the flower that goes with it. I would root it in a soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot. Keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture. bob

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Thanks Bob.

It has been in water for 4 days already.
So I will get some more and try it your way.

The buds are now three times bigger than my first Picture.
So they might be ok in the water.
Only time will tell I guess.

kell.

The piece I am touching in this Picture is the piece I took home last week.

Today I went and got another piece.
I will try the soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot.
And I'll keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture.

Thanks to Bob.

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This is the size of the Flower Spikes today.

More than 3 times bigger than two days ago.
This makes me believe it will grow roots in the water.

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Quote from orchidman1 :
Very much appears to be Epiphyllum Oxypetalum if judged by the stem structure. ;I would think the budding would be new stems due to location and design,. Here is the flower that goes with it. I would root it in a soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot. Keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture. bob

This message was edited Feb 6, 2012 3:20 PM


Hi Bob,

I notice you first posted this Post on the 7-2-12.
Then you Edited it on the 6-2-12 ?

How on earth did you achieve such a thing ?
Do you know Dr Who ? ^_^

kell.





Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Miracles!!!!!!!!!

I see,


Even higher up the ladder than Dr. Who. ^_^
The Flower spikes are more than 50 mm long.
And still going strong.
This Picture shows the 3 different methods I am using to try to propagate this Orchid.


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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

You go, girl!, but please don't call them orchids. They are epiphyitic cactus, not orchids.

Hi Carol ,

I must correct you on one teeny weeny little point.
Here in AUSTRALIA the name Ginger refers to a ♂ who has Red Hair.
Hope I don't disappoint.

Have you ever heard of the Red Fish called 'Nemo ?'

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Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

I've been enjoying this thread, watching the post about the different methods to root epies. However, the last post is tooooo funny. ROFLMBO!!!!!!!

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

LOL! I won't get in to the arguments for and against "common names" v "botanical" names, but you will have a hard time doing any research on your plants if you look up orchid.

You are completely right Carol. ^_^
It was a typo error on my part sorry.
I have never gotten used to this Forum being called 'Orchid Cactus'.


Too darn hot to Mow at the moment. ( 28 C. )
Can't walk on the Concrete Driveway barefooted.
So I decided to find out a bit more about this Orchid Cactus on Yahoo.
I was totally blown away to find there are thirteen thousand different types of this cactus.
And there are many more being created by Botanists every year.

kell.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Kell: Looking at your picture I am thinking those are in fact blooms coming on your plants. I did't realize that you are in Austraiia and in the height of your blooming season! If they are blooms, they do not resemble Oxy blooms. I can't wait to watch them develop and reveal more. bob

I'm sorry Bob,
I should have made myself more clear at the start of this Thread.
The flower spikes are about 75 mm long this morning.

I'll take another Picture during morning tea.
Oh! and NO thanks to the Sushi.
A cupcake will do me.
I don't like eating something that is looking at me. ;o)

This is a Picture of the Flower spike taken today. (5 minutes ago)
This spike is on the last piece I collected and potted up.
The Flower spike on the right of this Picture is looking a tad pink ???

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Another close up of a suspect pink spike.

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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Definately a bud!

Close up showing both colour buds on the one leaf.

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Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

I'm so excited to see what this blooms as!!!!

You are not the only one Depsi,

This has become the focus in my Gardening life.

When it Flowers.
I will take it inside My Studio for some night time Pictures.

The Parent Plant is only 5mm ahead of my cuttings.
So the amputation appears to have had no short term affect at all.

kell.


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Well !!! this morning my question was answered by Mother Nature.
The pink flower buds had dropped off.

Because of the lack of any other answer.
I can only put it down to one thing.
The small piece I cut off only had enough internal juice/food to look after one bud.
So It discarded all the others.
In this case there were 3 buds discarded.
The one that remains is looking great today.

The cutting in the water has not dropped any buds and none have turned pink.
So there may be an answer to my dilemma on how to propagate them right there.

kell.

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

OH Nuts!!!

Just took this Picture of the one good Flower Spike still remaining.
The three dropped Flowers are lying around on the potting soil.

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The cutting in the water has not dropped any buds and none have turned pink.
So things are looking GOOD there.

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Took this Picture this morning of the parent plant.
I have not noticed these two spent Flower buds before.
I wonder how old they are ?
And there is one pink bud at the very top just left of centre.
So I don't feel too bad about my pink buds. ^_^

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Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

You have blooms all over it!!! it's magnificent!!!! did you see mine on my post about cutting the runners off???

No I didn't Depsi.
I'll go look right away.

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

I didn't mean blooms, I just meant my post.....reread it & went ohoh....

The remaining Flower Spike is now 5" long.

I have never seen such spindly leaves as the ones on your post Depsi.
Are ther really in a bathtub ?
Looks like lack of Sunshine to me ???

Now that I am taking much more notice of these Orchid Cactus.
I noticed these much bigger lumps on the Leaves.
I can only guess they are the FRUIT ?
I just cut off 2 leaves from the Parent Plant with these cute little presents on them.
I will now wait till they gift their contents to me.

Here is a Picture of one of the Fruit ?
I wonder if they are edible
Can I put them in my Stir Fry ?

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This is this leafs total length.
Approx 23" long.

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Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

May be lack of light, it faces east so gets morning sun....yes, originally I had it in the bathtub in the master bedroom 'cause I had no other place to fit it then it cut off the light there & my husband was annoyed so I put it in our unheated guest bedroom on a table.....it's still sending out those feelers all over the place.....they all are getting leaves on them so I'm just taking a wait & see attitude.....I'm also waiting to see your open blooms!!!!!

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