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Scientific Name: Schlumbergera truncata
Pronunciation: shlum-BURG-ur-uh trun-KAY-tuh
Common Name: Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus
Family Name: Cactaceae
Plant Type: Flowering pot plant, Succulent or Cacti
Key ID Features: Stems flattened, green, and toothed with soft spines (remnants of leaves); flowers with bilateral symmtry, terminal and solitary.
Course(s): HORT 1155, HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching, Epiphytic
Form: Weeping
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Origin: South America (S.E. Brazil)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Low, Summer dry, Winter dry
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. Epiphytic in nature.
Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Fall: Dark-green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Deltoid, Other
Apices: Acute
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: Above information refers to leaf like stems (cladophylls) as the true leafs are reduced to spines.

Inflorescence Type: Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:11+
Corolla Shape:Funnelform
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Sep, Oct, Nov, Can flower any month
Additional Info: Short-day plant: requires 13 hours of uninterrupted darkness for 8 weeks to initiate flowering.

Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Showy, rarely forms on indoor plants
Bark Morphology: Showy, Other, Smooth
Bark or Stem Colour: Green
Additional Info:leaf-like stems
Organ Modifications: Succulent stems, cladophylls (or phylloclades)

Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:High indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Root rot, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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