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Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



January 18, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #6020995

I've always had some confusion between the holiday cactus, and this article helped clear up some of it. Thanks! Where do the Thanksgiving Cactus fit in, and which plants does that common name belong?

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 18, 2009
10:47 PM

Post #6021100

that's a Schlumbergera as well, but may not be the same species (the Christmas cactus is a hybrid species of Schlumbergera... not sure about the Thanksgiving cactus)
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



January 18, 2009
11:08 PM

Post #6021179

Thanks! I've never been able to figure out if Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus are both common names for Schlumergia truncata. I'll keep trying to figure it out.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 19, 2009
5:30 AM

Post #6022678

"Christmas Cactus" is Schlumbergia x buckleyi ( Hybrid of S. truncata and S. russelliani in 1840.

'Thanksgiving Cactus" is Schlumbergia truncata.

Segments on the Xmas Cactus are much smoother than the Thanksgiving and it is droopier and I think there is a difference in the flowers too.

Almost everything you see in the stores these days is S. truncata.

Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



January 19, 2009
5:40 AM

Post #6022696

Thanks! We don't have any Schlumbergia x buckleyi in PlantFiles, but I wonder if some of them aren't incorrect. That's why I asked, and you've been very helpful in giving me some additional characteristics and taxonomy to research. :)

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 19, 2009
6:25 AM

Post #6022726

it's Schlumbergera, not Schlumbergia... maybe that's why?
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



January 19, 2009
6:49 AM

Post #6022747

Yep, that helps a lot. :) So, we have one entry in PlantFiles. Thanks!
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 19, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6023534

Oops! forgot to check the spelling before I posted! I do know that!

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