Hatiora epiphylloides (Porto & Werderm.) P.V.Heath
Hariota epiphylloides, Hatiora epiphylloides subsp. epiphylloides, Pseudozygocactus epiphylloides, Rhipsalis epiphylloides, Schlumbergera lutea
Hatiora epiphylloides, also known as Schlumbergera lutea, is a shrubby epiphytic cactus with pendent, shortly segmented branches with strongly notched margins. The segments are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Areoles are very small and spineless.
The solitary flowers are brilliant yellow, funnel-shaped, and appear at the end of the branches in spring.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Hatiora grows in the wild in tropical rain forests of south Eastern Brazil, as far south as Parana, along the border with Paraguay. Although it grows mainly on tree trunks, it is sometimes found on rocky ground. In the wild, Hatiora bloom in spring and will sometimes flower twice in one year.
Hatiora thrives best in indirect light with exposure to morning and evening sun. It prefers well-drained soil. Cactus or epiphytic compost works well. It can be propagated easily through cuttings that can root immediately in soil. Hatiora likes long nights of about 14 hours. Cover the plant with a paper bag to shut out sunlight. Do not reposition the plant once flower buds appear, as these could fall off during movement. It needs a month's rest after flowering, so water sparingly during this period.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Hatiora.
Hatiora epiphylloides is native to Brazil (northwest of Rio de Janeiro).
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