Easter cactus

an epiphytic cactus, Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, native to Brazil, having oblong joints and red flowers.

* * *

      Hatiora gaertneri (formerly Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri), popular spring-flowering cactus of the family Cactaceae, with flattened stems, grown for its bright-red blossoms that appear about Easter time in the Northern Hemisphere. The related H. rosea is the so-called dwarf Easter cactus, a diminutive plant with abundant fragrant rose-pink flowers. A period of cool temperature (10 °C; about 50 °F) during winter is essential to bring on the best flower buds.

      These cacti—native to rainforests of Brazil, where they are epiphytes (grow on other plants)—have also been considered members of the genus Rhipsalis; they were formerly grouped with Schlumbergera species, such as the Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Easter cactus — noun spring blooming South American cactus with oblong joints and coral red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Schlumbergera • Syn: ↑Hatiora gaertneri, ↑Schlumbergera gaertneri • Hypernyms: ↑cactus • Member Holonyms: ↑Hatiora, ↑ge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Easter cactus — plokščiastiebė hatiora statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kaktusinių šeimos augalas (Hatiora gaertneri), paplitęs Brazilijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Hatiora gaertneri angl. Easter cactus šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos komisijos 2007 m.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Easter Handicap — Horseraces infobox class = Group I horse race = Easter Handicap caption = location = Ellerslie Racecourse Auckland, New Zealand inaugurated = 1874 race type = Thoroughbred Flat racing website = [http://www.ellerslie.co.nz Ellerslie Racecourse]… …   Wikipedia

  • Holiday Cactus — The common holiday cacti (Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus) are composed of several closely related species in the genus Schlumbergera and the species Hatiora gaertneri , (often called Zygocactus in older works). They are… …   Wikipedia

  • Christmas cactus — a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii (or Zygocactus bridgesii), native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and showy, purplish red flowers, and often cultivated as a houseplant. [1895 1900] * * * ▪ plant  (hybrid Schlumbergera × buckleyi) …   Universalium

  • sea-urchin cactus — ▪ plant  any of the genus Echinopsis, family Cactaceae, with 50–100 species native to South America at medium elevations in desert shrublands or grasslands. Several species, but most especially the Easter lily cactus (E. multiplex), are valued… …   Universalium

  • Eastercactus — Easter cactus n. A branching cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) having terminal clusters of large, scarlet flowers and arching, flattened branches.   [So called because it blooms in the spring.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Schlumbergera — This article is about the genus Schlumbergera, including the house plants commonly called Christmas Cactus or Thanksgiving Cactus. For the Easter Cactus or Whitsun Cactus, see Hatiora. Schlumbergera Cultivar belonging to the Schlumbergera… …   Wikipedia

  • Rhipsalis —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Rhipsalidopsis. Rhipsalis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rhipsalis —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Rhipsalidopsis …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.