Schlumbergera truncata Thanksgiving Cactus cream
(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Schlumbergera truncata is a much branched cascading epiphyte, also knows as crab's claw cactus up to 30 cm tall before weeping and 30-45 cm in diameter. The individual flattened, spineless joints of these popular cacti form arching, pendulous branches from whose tips hang satiny, zygomorphic flowers that ranges in colour from red to pink, purple, orange, white or multicolour, with yellow pollen, white filaments, and terete ovaries. These hybrids, often cultivated as a houseplant, with their rather unique flower arrangement, have been in cultivation since early in the 1800s and have had surges of popularity. The term Zygocactus is the name predominant in the plant industry despite what the taxonomists have decreed are now Schlumbergera. There are many garden varieties, most of which are very beautiful. The greenhouse cultivars has salmon, orange, peach, coral, yellow, white pink or multicoloured flowers.
Stem segments (phylloclades): Truncate, 4-6 cm long, 1.5-3.5 cm broad, flattened leaf-like dark and glossy dark green with two teeth at the apex and small 2-3 toothed (pointed), marginal notches on each side.
Areoles: Almost spineless or with tiny brush-like spines and little felt. Terminal areole between two teeth composite, long and felty.
Flower: Zygomorphic (bilaterally symmetrical), borne slightly above the horizontal both at the stem joints as well as at the stem ends, hooded, tubular 6.5-8(-12) cm long, 4.5-6 cm wide, red, pink, purple, orange, white or multicolored. Style purple. Pericarpel round, smooth, reddish green. Receptacle 4 cm long. Stamens in two groups, filaments white, pollen yellow. Little has been written of the variability of colour in the flower in the wild although one would assume that red predominates.
Blooming Period: Autumn and winter (In northern hemisphere November through February). Flowering is triggered by short days and cool temperatures
Fruit: Round to pear shaped, red, smooth.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||November - january|
|Common Name||Crab cactus|
|Frost Tolerance||50°f (10°c)|
|Hardiness Zone||10 to 12|
|Height||12″ (30 cm) tall|
|Scientific Name||Schlumbergera truncata Thanksgiving Cactus cream|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|