Disocactus anguliger (Lem.) M.Á.Cruz & S.Arias
Fishbone Cactus, Moon Cactus, Zig-Zag Cactus, Queen of the Night, Ric Rac Orchid Cactus
Cereus mexicanus, Epiphyllum anguliger, Epiphyllum darrahii, Phyllocactus anguliger, Phyllocactus darrahii, Phyllocactus mexicanus, Phyllocactus serratus
Disocactus anguliger, formerly known as Epiphyllum anguliger, is an epiphytic cactus with smooth green and extensively branched stems. The primary stems are often woody. Secondary stems are flat and fleshy, deeply lobed, up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) wide. The lobes are rectangular or slightly rounded. Flowers are white or pale yellow and bloom nocturnally, exuding a strong sweet scent. They are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and 3 inches (7.5) cm in diameter. Fruits are greenish or yellowish, oval, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Many of the cultivated plants known as Epiphyllum hybrids are derived from crosses between species of Disocactus (rather than Epiphyllum) and other genera in the Hylocereeae.
Disocactus should be grown in rich but still well-draining soil. They should be watered regularly and fertilized as well. This is essential for good growth and flowering. During the growing period, the plants need frequent watering. The waterings should be rather abundant so that the soil becomes completely soaked but let dry between watering. Keep relatively dry in winter or when night temperatures remain below 50 °F (10 °C).
These cacti dislike extreme heat and cold, so they are best green-housed during the depth of winter and heat of summer in hot, dry climates. They also prefer shade to sun and like a little extra humidity in the air.
Disocactus can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Disocactus.
This species is native to Mexico.
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